Black and White Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Another beautiful day, but the birds weren’t as numerous. I did quite a bit of trekking, but never found a good concentration of migrants. Tomorrow may be different.
I only spent a short time bug hunting, but found a nice spider.

Scarlet Tanager

This Scarlet Tanager is heading South.

Black and White Warbler 45

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warblers often forage upside down.

Carolina Wren

I hear Carolina Wrens often, but haven't photographed one recently.



Flycatchers are still plentiful.

Spider 196

Insect 635

Caterpillar 189

Today's bugs.

Cape May Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I managed to get out for a short time yesterday, but the weather was so foul I cut the morning short. Today was entirely different. I saw several good birds, ‘though not many were posing well.
Bugs are getting a little harder to find.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warblers seem to be appearing everywhere.


The park is dominated by Robins and Catbirds lately.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroats will be migrating soon.

Tennessee Warbler

This Tennessee Warbler was a welcome sight.

Cape May Warbler

I haven't seen a Cape May Warbler since the Spring.

Grasshopper 67

Dragonfly 208

Grasshopper 69

Grasshopper 70

Cicada 109

Cicada 108

Bee Mimic 106

Wasp 69

Bee 65

Caterpillar 188

Grasshopper 68

Today's bugs.

Black Throated Blue Warbler at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was a beautiful morning, similar to yesterday. The North winds produces a lot of migrating birds, far more than I could photograph. I pretty much stayed in one place for an hour, then searched the adjoining area for more birds.
Bug hunting was productive again, as well.

Brown Thrasher

This Brown Thrasher was the first bird I saw this morning.

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

This Chestnut Sided Warbler landed in a tree right next to me.

Common Yellowthroat

This Common Yellowthroat might be a first year bird.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireos will be heading South soon.

Eastern Phoebe 73

Black Throated Blue Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler. I don't see many of these beautiful birds.

Spider 193

Spider 194

Spider 195

Spider 3

Caterpillar 185

Insect 634

Wasp 68

Saddleback Caterpillar 104

Insect 633

Scorpionfly 9

Leafhopper 22

Caterpillar 187

Praying Mantis 42

Katydid 5

Insect 632

Katydid 6

Caterpillar 186

Today's bugs.

Baltimore Oriole at Governor Bridge Natural Area

A thoroughly nice morning for a change. It was a bit cloudy early, but it cleared up adequately and I was ale to get a few good images. There was plenty of activity. I missed the best warblers, but got enough pictures to be content.
Bugs were plentiful, and a snake and a couple of frogs made for a nice morning.

Common Yellowthroat

I haven't seen an adult male Common Yellowthroat in a while.

Magnolia Warbler

Another elusive Magnolia Warbler.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Orioles are still passing through.


This Cardinal is molting.

White Eyed Vireo

I found this White Eyed Vireo as I was leaving the park.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

This Brown Thrasher posed nicely.

Scarlet Tanager

Another Scarlet Tanager in Winter plumage.

Toad 1

Frog 11

Snake 11

A nice selection of other creatures today.

Wasp 67

Saddleback Caterpillar 101

Caterpillar 184

Saddleback Caterpillar 103

Saddleback Caterpillar 102

Saddleback Caterpillar 101

Caterpillar 183

Arrow Shaped Micrathena 7

Arrow Shaped Micrathena 6

Saddleback Caterpillar 100

Cicada 107

Cicada 106

Insect 630

Moth 100

Caterpillar 182

Assassin Bug 106

Today's bugs.

Goldfinch at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was cloudy again, with the promise of clearing skies, and that’s what we got.
There was reasonable activity today, but still no large number of migrants. I had to do some searching to find the birds I did see.
I spent some time examining a goldenrod field, which is a good source for bugs. A Tree Frog showed, as well.

Tree Frog

This Tree Frog was sitting on a small leaf.

House Finch

I found a small flock of House Finches.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

This Ruby Throated Hummingbird popped up right in front of me.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Not a great image, but a very nice Magnolia Warbler.

Common Yellowthroat

I had to do some hunting to find this Common Yellowthroat.


Goldfinches change dramatically in the Fall.

Spider 192

Praying Mantis 41

Moth 99

Bee 63

Bald Faced Hornet 5

Moth 98

Bald Faced Hornet 4

Wasp 65

Bee 62

Locust Borer 101

Fly 84

Caterpillar 181

Caterpillar 180

Insect 629

Caterpillar 179

Today's bugs.

No Birds at Governor Bridge Natural Area

The skies were less gloomy than yesterday, and the North winds had me anticipating a good morning. I was very surprised that two hours of looking produced not a single bird worth photographing.
Bug hunting was much more productive.

American Redstart at Governor Bridge Natural Area

A gloomy morning with rain threatening, but we had a NE wind last night, which might help the migrating birds heading South.
I arrived near dawn, as usual, and there was quite a lot of activity after an hour or so. It was mostly Robins and Catbirds, with a few other mixed in, and I was able to find a few warblers. I had to use the flash, so no really great images.
Bug hunting was curtailed by a light rain.

American Redstart

American Redstart

The American Redstart is one of my favorite warblers

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

This Chestnut Sided Warbler is almost certainly a migrant.

Scarlet Tanager 61

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanagers seem to be migrating as a group.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are still fueling up for migration.

Insect 623

Insect 622

Insect 626

Insect 625

Grasshopper 66

Bee 61

Aphid 3

Fly 80

Monarch Caterpillar 4

Eggs 5

Caterpillar 176

Fly 79

Insect 624

Ant 30

Spider 191

Today's bugs.

Northern Flicker at Governor Bridge Natural Area

The day started very cloudy, but there were enough patches of sunshine to get a few decent images. There were a few warblers around, but I wasn’t able to get any decent shots.
Bugs were more plentiful today.

Indigo Bunting 173

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Buntings did very well this year.

Scarlet Tanager

This Scarlet Tanager was a nice catch.

Flicker 82

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

This Northern Flicker landed very close to me.

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Indigo Bunting

Indigo Buntings did very well this year.

Candystripe Leafhopper 105
Moth 95

Robber Fly 15

Caterpillar 174

Insect 621

Caterpillar 173

Caterpillar 175

Insect 620

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 28

Garden Spider 5

Spider 189

Today's bugs,

Eastern Phoebe at Wooton’s Landing

Not quite as hot and humid as yesterday, but still no significant migrating birds.
I’m a little surprised to see no wading birds in the marshes at Wooton.
Bug hunting was unusually slow also.

Magnolia Warbler at Wooton’s Landing

It was another hot, humid day, and the winds haven’t changed, so I decided o give Wooton a try. There was plenty of activity, but not much in the way of new birds, and no wading birds at all. I did manage to get a look at some warblers, though.
Once again, it was too hot to spend much time with the bugs.

Northern Parula

Northern Parulas breed at Wooton.

Cedar Waxwing 148

Cedar Waxwing

This Cedar Waxwing is a juvenile.

Magnolia Warbler

Not a great shot of this Magnolia Warbler, but I haven’t seen one since Spring.



Flycatchers seem to be active everywhere I go.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

I haven’t seen a Brown Thrasher in a while.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

You can hear the song of the White Eyed Vireo in every corner of Wooton.

Spider 187

Spider 186

Spider 188

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 27

Insect 618

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.