Monday, August 20, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • August 20

Great Blue Heron. This bird was at the same perch as yesterday, except today he was facing the bridge.

Great Blue Heron. This bird seemed so poised, so unflappable. One or two juvenile Great Blue Herons were elsewhere along the creek and they behaved like Nervous Nellies in comparison. One juvenile even called out when startled by my approach, producing big ugly croaks that shattered the calm for a few moments.

Belted Kingfisher. The cinnamon in this bird's "belt" is quite obvious, indicating this bird is a juvenile or "hatch year" in bird banding speak.

Belted Kingfisher. Back to hunting for the next meal!

Orange Sulphur. That big green eye is somewhat intimidating!

Monarch. The head of the caterpillar is below, munching on a milkweed pod. Though it has been quite some time since the last Common Milkweed bloom, the leaves and, apparently, the seed pods are still good food sources for Monarch caterpillars.

Eastern Comma. As the surrounding colors begin to change into the yellows and purples of fall, the orange of this butterfly really stands out. 

Eastern Comma. These butterflies were plentiful in spring. In fact, along with Mourning Cloak they *were* the first butterflies after the end of winter. Now I only see maybe one a week. The field guide suggests their flying season in our area may wrap up by the end of the month, give or take.