It was raining when I awoke, so I didn’t get out until 10:00, for a very brief trip.
The crew at Quiet Waters had defoliated my favorite bug spot, so I didn’t find very much at all. A passing crow posed briefly.
I took this lat Fall at Governor Bridge and recently had occasion to look at it again. The tail and breast are wrong for a Yellow Billed Cuckoo, which I didn’t notice in my haste. It’s a Black Billed Cuckoo, and a life bird for me.
I usually pass up crows, but this one was close, in good light.
It was the kind of gloomy morning that makes you think twice about going out. I got to Governor Bridge about sunrise and spent some time looking for bugs, to very little effect.
I also spent some time trying to capture hummingbirds inf light, but the poor light and bad luck conspired against me.
In the end, caterpillars were my best finds.
Rain drops usually enhance an image.
We’ve had a great run of good weather lately. When I got to Sands Road, it was in the 70s and stayed that way for several hours. I experimented with some extreme closeups for a while (It’s difficult) then walked about halfway around the big field looking for birds, and found a few. I looked for bugs a while longer, then went to Wooton and did the same.
It was a decent day.
This Blue Grosbeak was a little distant, but he’s worth including.
Eastern Towhees can often be seen singing fro the tops of small trees.
I’ve only seen a few Prairie Warblers this year.
This is a very small pine cone that appealed to me.
It was raining this morning, which gave me a chance to get a few chores done. There was a break in the weather around 10:00, so I went to Truxtun for an hour or so, and found a few bugs.
It looked like a promising morning, slightly cloudy and cool enough. I got to the park early, and spent a couple of hours looking for birds, with no significant luck.
Oddly the bug hunting was slow as well. I’m still kicking myself for missing a couple of nice snakes.
This beetle landed on a car in the parking lot.
I had an appointment this morning, so I didn’t get to spend much time hunting. It was just as well, as the humidity was brutal.
I went to Truxtun early, then to Ellen Moyers Park after my appointment. I didn’t find much, but there were lots of bees and wasps.
This dragonfly was perched too high to reach, but he let me move the branch into view.
The cloudy weather continued this morning, but I went to Governor Bridge to see what I might find. Bug hunting started slowly, and I switched to birds after an hour or so, and did reasonably well.
I finished up with another hour of bugging, and found some cool caterpillars.
This Common Yellowthroat popped up right in front of me.
I haven’t seen a Great Crested Flycatcher in quite a while.
Indigo Buntings can be heard in several areas.
Several Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were foraging near the big field.
This is a most peculiar Caterpillar Update: It’s a Cross-lined Wave.
Another cloudy day, so I went looking for bugs early in hopes of seeing some sun later, but it didn’t happen. Local places always seem better in lousy weather, so I did the Jonas Green/Greenbury routine again. I found a few bugs in each place, and got a half-decent shot of the Chat.
When I’m looking for bugs, I usually have my 300mm lens, so I was lucky to be able to sneak up close this Yellow Breasted Chat.
This large flower is growing in front of the Nature Center.
Another gray and cloudy day which I thought was going to be a bust. I went back to Sands Road to see if the bug situation had improved, but there wasn’t much going on.
I decided to try birding the big field even with the lousy light, and it was a worthwhile effort.
I found a couple of bugs afterward, so it was a good enough day.
This is the first Red Eyed Vireo I’ve seen at Sands Road.
I’ve been having good luck finding Yellow Billed Cuckoos recently.
Field Sparrows seem to be abundant at Sands.
Common Yellowthroat Warblers are nesting at Sands Road.
This House Wren was a nice find as I don’t see many.
Experimenting with the macro setup.
The cool weather continued today, and my plan was to return to Governor Bridge, but the truck wanted to go to Wooton, so we compromised on Sands Road. This park is a huge open field surrounded by trees and shrubs, and I was very surprised to see that someone had mowed the entire field, which must be at least a quarter mile in diameter. That made walking much easier than walking through the tall grass.
This female Blue Grosbeak was foraging near the edge of the field.
I saw several Common Yellowthroats.
This Northern Cardinal was greeting the morning with a song.
I’ve seen several Field Sparrows at Sands Road.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Prairie Warbler