Friday, November 06, 2015

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Its that time of year again, late fall and Bird Alley is welcoming its usual fall visitors.  Yesterday I got out my bird list journal and started recording the different species visiting.  I only recorded 8 species yesterday  and my numbers are down.  I usually have about 9 species on a daily average at this time of year.  Juncos are missing and I didn't see our treasured Cardinal.  And although I saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch it has been a long time since a White-breasted Nuthatch has appeared.  Surprisingly yesterday we had a male Red-winged Blackbird visiting, and our first very welcome bird visitor was a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Other bird species visiting were Bluejays, Chickadees, a Downy Woodpecker, one female Goldfinch, one Mourning Dove  and several Crows. 

   A sunflower seed seems to be the seed  of choice in both pictures.  We still have a few leaves remaining in Bird Alley and in the top picture a bokeh effect creates a blurred yellow background.  I love this effect created with a low f-stop on an aperture setting.
I'm waiting for daylight and the arrival of the early birds in Bird Alley.  I wonder what or who today will bring?
Happy Birding everyone. Have a great day!!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar for Saturday Critters

I haven't seen many caterpillars this past spring or summer so I was delighted yesterday to see this yellow fuzzy caterpillar near by my doorstep, however I am glad that I didn't pick it up!  Apparently this American Dagger Moth Caterpillar  has toxins in those black spikes rising out of its back, so beware and wary!! Don't touch!!! Look at the picture below and you can see its black spikes!

As well as being toxic it is also very attractive and picturesque lying among the  colourful leaves that have  already fallen from the trees in our yard, so you can just enjoy its beauty without touching it.
I am linking today to Viewing nature with Eileen who hosts the weekly meme, Saturday Critters which can be found at:
Thank you Eileen for your weekly hosting.  It is much appreciated.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Canada Geese Flocking Together

Hopefully soon I shall be able to look up and see a flock of geese flying across the sky in a V formation, but for now this small flocking together of Canada Geese in a farmer's field will have to suffice.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Deer along riverside drive

I had not seen any deer for a long time so I was pleasantly surprised to see one on the road in front of my car on Wednesday, but then it moved and crossed the road and disappeared onto the underbrush there.  However looking for a second deer I spied one along the roadside to my right.  It was so calm and so beautiful I was able to take a few pictures of it.

It did not appear to be frightened of my presence in my car while taking its picture!
I am linking today to  Saturday Critters at Viewing nature with Irene  at
Hopefully it is not as hot  and humid everywhere else as it is here.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Chipmunk in my Cage Feeder

I have a cage bird feeder and it is designed so that only the little son birds can enter the cage through the holes created by the wire network which composes the cage.  Every now and then I get a surprise when I see something different in the cage feeder , such as yesterday when I saw this Chipmunk the

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Lady Butterfly in my Garden

I have had no luck this summer of seeing a Monarch butterfly or a Viceroy.  all I seem to see everywhere are Great-spangled Fritillaries in abundance!

I even hang out in two Milkweed patches almost daily!
Here's a sad story.  One day in July I was in a milkweed patch looking for butterflies and caterpillars. and then I heard a train coming. While hurrying too see the train and take pictures, I brushed against a few milkweed plants.  Later that day ,while in my bedroom in my bare feet I stepped on something soft and squish, and I wondered what my cat may have left behind?  I wiped it up with a tissue and saw to my incredulous surprise, it was a monarch butterfly caterpillar!!!!. It must have attached itself to my clothing while I was in the milkweed patch!That was my only glimpse of a monarch caterpillar this year! The caterpillar didn't survive my stepping on it! I haven't seen a monarch caterpillar since, and  to think that one had been in my own bedroom even!!!

But this post is not about Monarchs, rather it is about the beautiful American Lady butterfly I found feeding on yellow cone flowers in my back yard garden yesterday! This was the first Lady species I have seen this summer.  I think they are very attractive butterflies!

The two eyespots on the lower hind wing identify this Lady as an American Lady and these eye spotsaren't real eyes, only camoflague to frighten away predators from attacking and destroying this lady