Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • June 11


Twelve-spotted Skimmer. There is generally too much going on in the park to pay attention to all of it at the same time. Dragonflies have been out and about for months, of course. Later in the summer when the bird activity dies down I will have more time for other photographic subjects.


American Toad

American Toad

Mallard

Baltimore Oriole. This male is carrying a Red Admiral caterpillar. These caterpillars were in huge numbers just like the adults (butterflies) were earlier in the season. Red Admirals use nettles as the host plants for their caterpillars. Well, Oatka Creek is lined with Stinging Nettles, so it's Red Admiral heaven!


Baltimore Oriole. Red Admiral caterpillars fed many a nestling this season!

White-tailed Deer

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Bluebird. The second brood of the season is coming along quite nicely. The adults are now carrying food into the box to feed the nestlings.


Eastern Bluebird

White-breasted Nuthatch. These birds are now emerging from their secretive nesting period. 


Field Sparrow. A fledgling! Note the downturned corner and yellows of the bill.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Monarch Caterpillar. This would be a kind of peak in sightings of Monarch caterpillars. Short afterwards they would disappear, presumably entering cocoons. I have yet to find one of the cocoons.


Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar