. This is a fledgling! Look how short the tail is -- no need for tail feathers in the nest. The bill is also that of a very young bird.
. (Thank you for turning around!) You can easily see the spotted breast of a fledgling robin.
. This was the first sighting of the adult female this spring. She was alone and acting oddly: calling out frequently and looking about very nervously. The happy answer to her behavior would be revealed in the coming days ...
. The feathers are fluffed up because the bird was in the act of preening.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
. This is one of the small butterflies that usually escapes notice.
. A beautiful and visually elusive bird! Its calls are extremely common during nesting season. However, the chance to see its yellow belly and red-brown tail are infrequent at best!
. From this view you can see its crest (bushy hairdo) and olive colored back.