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