8-21-22 Late summer sightings

August 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 

What is August without some fun?

 

8-8-22 Two young raccoons

 

8-8-22 Brown Thrasher8-8-22 Brown Thrasher 8-8-22 Eastern Wood-Pewee8-8-22 Eastern Wood-Pewee 8-11-22 Blue Jays8-11-22 Blue Jays

 

A scruffy Brown Thrasher popped into view one morning, Eastern Wood-Pewees are still being seen. Blue Jays are a part of the daily action!

 

8-12-22 Common Grackle8-12-22 Common Grackle 8-12-22 Common Grackle8-12-22 Common Grackle 8-12-22 Common Grackle eating spider8-12-22 Common Grackle eating spider

 

These young Common Grackles were investigating the pond, one to get water and the second found a spider in that web for its lunch! 

 

8-12-22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird8-12-22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8-15-22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird8-15-22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are busy from dawn until dusk, protecting their patch of flowers or a feeder and checking out the bubbler.

 

8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female 8-15-22 American Robin and Baltimore Oriole immature female8-15-22 American Robin and Baltimore Oriole immature female 8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female 8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female and House Finch8-15-22 Baltimore Oriole immature female and House Finch

 

Another migrant arrived on Monday, 8-15-22. It was a young female Baltimore Oriole. The bird was thirsty!

 

8-15-22 Waved Sphinx Moth8-15-22 Waved Sphinx Moth

 

A Waved Sphinx moth (Ceratomia undulosa) flew in while I was photographing that same day. Its host plants are ash, oak, hawthorn and fringe tree. Fully grown caterpillars pupate underground and the adults probably do not feed.

Waved Sphinx Moth


8-20-22 Eastern Blazingstar8-20-22 Eastern Blazingstar 8-20-22 Marsh Milkweed8-20-22 Marsh Milkweed

 

Yesterday morning, the Eastern Blazingstar (Liatris scariosa) was blooming nicely and so was the Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Still, there was no evidence yet of Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed.

 

8-20-22 FOY Monarch8-20-22 FOY Monarch

 

A bit later when I checked, there was the first Monarch of the year! It was flying about, sipping nectar and then resting on a coneflower head when I found it again.

 

8-20-22 Monarch on E. Blazingstar8-20-22 Monarch on E. Blazingstar 8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Marsh Milkweed8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Marsh Milkweed

8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Marsh Milkweed8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Marsh Milkweed 8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Ironweed8-20-22 FOY Monarch on Ironweed

Monarch male and femaleMonarch male and female

 

It was a nice, fresh looking male as indicated by the thinner veins with the black spots or swollen veins on the hind wings. Last photo shows both sexes for a comparison.

 

Today has been a busy day with the cool front that came in overnight. I'll save those stories until next time! 

 

 

 

 

 


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