Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cabbage Whites

One consistent sighting in our yard these past few days are fluttering white butterflies, and as well we are enjoying, almost daily  seeing the jagged edge Green Comma Anglewing. Within the past couple of weeks we have also had a Monarch butterfly feeding on our hydrangeas and just a couple of days ago a beautiful Viceroy.  Its not always easy getting a photo of the flitting whites, but I was lucky today with a couple of shots.

I am used to seeing a lot of white butterfly at this time of year, but the yellow sulfurs are missing.  I used to seea a lot of yellow at this time of year also.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Anglewing; A Green Comma Butterfly

Our wonderful, sunny warm days seem to have returned.  So, hopefully I shall see butterflies in my garden again today as I did yesterday.
My husband spied what at first he thought was a tattered and torn butterfly in our cone flower patch yesterday,

but upon examination of its dark underside wings we discovered that its wings had a most irregular shape as seen in the picture above. , and the term anglewing immediately jumped to my mind. After downloading the pictures I started researching anglewings and within this classification are Questionwings and Comma butterflies ..  hmmmm. which comma might it be? I have decided that it is perhaps a Green Comma Anglewing butterfly. And the following photos will show you why I made this id.  According to my butterfly fieldguide

a Green Comma has submarginal green spots on its dark underside and when I checked my photos for these green spots I found some. If you look closely you can see some green spots also.

A Green Comma also has submarginal yellow spots on its hind wings and yes, this butterfly has yellow spots on its hind wings also.
Now to look at some more pictures of this Green Comma just because it is such a beautiful little creature.
 It has been a good summr despite the experience of Hurricane Arthur.  We have enjoyed spending time with our grandchildren and watching our garden grow; both flower garden and tomatoes and
 grass and the many hummingbirds at our feeders.  Hopefully I shall now become more attentive to my blog in the coming days as I have been quite neglectful of it for most of the summer. And today I am hoping to be able to get more butterfly photos, A goods day  wished for everyone

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Baby Canada Geese

Sometimes I really get a surprise when I download my pictures! This morning, while standing on an observation deck overlooking the Oromocto river I saw something  moving across the river below.  It seemed to be something large moving but at first I couldn't make out what it was,.  Then I noticed the white neck notch on the moving objects which told me I was looking at a couple of |Canada Geese.  They were at quite a distant but I tried to take their pictures anyway. ( I never pass up an opportunity to take a picture of a bird!)

I was very surprised when I downloaded the pictures at home and  I saw four little yellow babies in the pictures following the adult Canada.  How I wish it were a better picture as this download has made my day!
Can you see the four babies?
 I have edited the above picture to try to give you a closer view of the babies.  I hope I am able to find them and see them again!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Northern Flicker

One day last week I saw a bird high on a branch of an old dead tree.  From where I was sitting in my car I couldn't tell what species it was, and initially I thought it appeared to be a pigeon as I saw a white patch on its back.  , but I was not used to seeing pigeons in the woods,and I was out in the woods on an old gravel road.  I took as many pictures as I could as I had my small telephoto on my camera ( 250 mm IS canon) or maybe it was my (300mm nikon) .  
The fun began as I downloaded my pictures when I returned home and I could see the characteristic

markings of a yellow-shafted taiga eastern northern flicker.  The markings on this species are ideal for identification and I started with the yellow shafted feathers as this bird had turned and raised its tail and the golden yellow could be seen underneath.  Have a look. I love this feature of this bird as the yellow colouring is so beautiful!

The first obvious markings that stated that it was a flicker was the black crescent shape on its breast.  This marking shouted flicker!
Also take a look at the photo above and you can see that the flicker has its claw wrapped around a twig jutting out from the branch, holding on! See its black crescent shape on its breast.
The eastern flicker also has a brown face and a black malar on its jaw as this one does .
I had been confused about the white rump marking  this bird had and had not known that  this white marking is also characteristic of northrrn flickers.; but it is!
Usually I see Flickers flying off from the side of a road or else in a field , but this one high in the sky offerred me some good views of the whole bird while it was in a stationary position.

I saw a swallowtail butterfly in my yard yesterday and the lilacs are blossoming out so hopefully in a few days I will be able to post some butterfly pictures!
Wishing everyone a good day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wood Aneome

Sharing the beauty found along a woodland trail: Wood Aneome.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rose- breasted Grosbeak for Saturday Critters

This Grosbeak is still hanging around bird alley and its favourite choice of food is black-oiled sunflower seeds. I found him feeding on the ground just in front of our bay window and I was able to get some close ups that show a few of its markings
 that I had not noticed before. Under each wing at the front is also a patch of its beautiful rose colour and down each side is a line of black dashes.  how interesting! In the picture below you can also see the rpose wing patch and the black dashes!

Today I am linking to Saturday Critters hosted by Eileen. Thank you Eileen for hosting this meme. Why not join the photo party with Eileen at

My apologies as I first called rhis grosbeak an evening Grosbeak, but I actually knew it was a Rose breasted grosbeak, I just made an error when tying in its name.  Thank you for the correction in the comments section!