Friday, June 24, 2016

Southern Comfort

It is just a title!

I managed to get off work early today, so I headed up to Reid CA in search of butterflies.  Hairstreaks are getting numerous and lots of Banded were out.

It did not take long to find a Southern (Northern Oak) Hairstreak.

In fact, I found at least four and likely five.  They can vary quite a bit, so you can often tell if you are seeing a different one.

Perhaps it is going to be a good year for them.  I am not sure it will match 2008, but seeing this many already is encouraging.  Maybe it is just good luck as in the past, you could watch for a long time and see none.

Saw the first Gray Commas as well today.

Dukes' Skippers should be appearing anytime.  I looked today but did not find any.

Fall migration is already underway and it is all downhill from here.  Days will now be getting shorter.
I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the yard early this morning--a possible sign that lots will be showing up this summer.

Here is an interesting stink bug I found:

Apateticus cynicus

Note:  I did not any editing of the photos in photoshop (couldn not be bothered!).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Another Fine Day

Today was one of those perfect weather days--obviously a weekday!.  I went for a walk at Peers Wetland and Stewart Wetland before going into work this morning.

Walpole from Stewart Wetland

There was not really anything of note bird-wise.  A Caspian Tern did fly downriver.  The occasional Caspian is seen this time of year around Walpole.

After work, I headed up to Reid CA in search of hairstreaks.  I saw one right away, but I could not get in a position to get a good photo.  However, it was the Reid specialty, a Southern Hairstreak!

I stayed for a while, but saw no other hairstreaks.

Common Wood Nymphs are now showing.

Silver-spotted Skippers are plentiful at Reid this year.

A Four-spotted Skimmer was nearby.