09 January 2022

A Slow July

Last July, from the looks of my photos, was a slow one.  In fact, during the quiet summer months, I shift more towards butterfly and dragonfly photography.  Here are some photos from July, 2021.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Iowa (it was a new state bird for me):


Horace's Duskywing:

Eastern Amberwing:

Mississippi Kite was one of the more interesting local breeders, in my opinion:

I was happy to find this dragonfly, one I'm not sure I had seen before.  Flag-tailed Spinyleg:

Snowberry Clearwing.  It's a moth, by the way:

I'm not sure which species... but we know it's a bumblebee:

Zebra Swallowtail:

Jade Clubtail:

White M Hairstreak:

Meanwhile, the House Wrens nested in the wren box.  They raised two broods.  Sometimes an adult would sit in the hole and seemingly fall asleep:

Silver-spotted Skipper:

Peck's Skipper:

Bronze Copper:

Twelve-spotted Skimmer:

Mark Twain Lake:

Mississippi River from a park in Hannibal:

05 January 2022

Last June

It looks like I haven't posted anything since June 2021!  Here are a few more pictures from that month.


Song Sparrow in New York:


Willow Flycatcher also in western New York:

Grasshopper Sparrow with food, in Ohio:

White-tailed Kite in Ohio!  This was a long-staying rarity that I looked for several times.  FINALLY my effort paid off: 


04 June 2021

Quick Colorado

On a whim, I decided to drive to southern Colorado in hopes of seeing the mega rare YELLOW GROSBEAK that showed up at feeders.  Normally found in western Mexico, this one in Colorado was a first for that state.  Anyway, once I *finally* arrived after the epic drive, the bird was there and most obliging:








The great feeder setup had a wealth of other things visiting such as this WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (these are a different subspecies from the ones we have out east):

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD:

LEWIS'S WOODPECKER:




BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD:

BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK:

WOODHOUSE'S SCRUB-JAY:

BLUE GROSBEAK:

CANYON TOWHEE:

29 May 2021

New Iowa state bird

Things have been low-key since migration has started to slow down.  One day I drove up to the extreme SE tip of Iowa to hopefully find the PRAIRIE WARBLER that has been on territory there.  It was quite an adventure but, in the end, I did manage to find it:


More expected, although not common, were a couple of KENTUCKY WARBLERS on territory there as well:

This butterfly, a common species of anglewing, is called a QUESTION MARK:

And over in the city of Keokuk, a SNOW GOOSE was still chilling, in the 90 degree heat, along the river:

Back in Hannibal, I've done some more exploring of various creeks and have found some really neat, lush, and scenic spots:

Although not rare, NARROW-LEAVED BLUE-EYED GRASS can be found around here lately as well (and they just beg to be photographed):

20 May 2021

Spring --> Summer?

Since I've been back from Arizona, I've been going out to some local areas once in a while.  In some ways, it feels more like summer than spring now.

WOOD THRUSHES are back and filling the woods with their excellent songs:



The ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS are back on their breeding grounds:

If you think this looks like a bumblebee, I wouldn't say you're wrong.  However, it's a bumblebee-mimic... it's actually a species of Robber Fly:

The last remnants of spring have been some late migrants... species that don't tend to pass through until later than all the others.  In that category is MOURNING WARBLER.  Although sneaky, this male popped up for a second:

If you know your plants, you know NOT to walk into this... it's a mix of Poison Ivy and Stinging Nettle:

I have to say though that the weather has been quite delightful.  Here's a warm evening stroll: