Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mendon Ponds Park • August 30

Devil’s Bathtub

Monarch caterpillar

Green Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

Great Lobelia. This is a protected plant in New York.

Great Lobelia

Spring Peeper

Monarch caterpillar

Goldenrod Crab Spider

White Turtlehead. This is a protected plant in New York.

White Turtlehead

Fragrant Water-Lily

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • August 29

Monarch. This seemed like a fresh emergent drying its wings.

Song Sparrow. Perhaps a juvenile from all the buff colored tones in its face.

Common Yellowthroat. This is a juvenile male molting into its first face “mask”.

Common Yellowthroat

Gray Tree Frog

Monarch. Today’s count was five found.

Pearl Crescent

Friday, August 28, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • August 28

Bay-breasted Warbler. This ID is tough. The legs and feet are dark colored, which the field guide suggests is reasonably distinctive of this species.

Brown Thrasher

New England Aster. Yup. Fall is coming.

Monarch caterpillar. I found six today.

Common Yellowthroat

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hamlin Beach State Park • August 27

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper


American Robin juvenile

Red-headed Woodpecker juvenile

Red-headed Woodpecker juvenile

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • August 26

Green Frog

Monarch. This male seemed to be newly emerged and drying its wings.

Monarch. One of *ten* Monarch caterpillars I found today!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. This juvenile followed me around for a little bit.

Blackburnian Warbler. Today I found a classic fall mixed flock of warblers. Also in the mix were Canada Warblers. There were probably other species hidden among the leaves. Elsewhere in the park I found a Black-and-white Warbler.

Red-eyed Vireo with a meal.

Red-eyed Vireo with a meal.

Eastern Chipmunk

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • August 25

Green Frog

Monarch. 3rd instar.

Baltimore Oriole. The orioles have been quite noisy over the past week!

Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillar. No, it’s probably not indicating the severity of the upcoming winter!

Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillar. This is a later instar of this caterpillar. There were a dozen or more in the immediate area. You can just see one on the other side of the leaf and a third one was just out of shot.

Question Mark. The colors were fresh and vibrant and the wings in perfect condition. Seemed like a recent emergent. It didn’t stay around for better pictures, unfortunately.

Monarch. The fly is a Tachinid Fly and is a parasite of the Monarch caterpillar. It will lay its eggs inside a 1st instar caterpillar, using it as a host. This is a 3rd instar caterpillar that has been motionless for at least 24 hours. Before spotting the fly I thought the cat was getting ready to transform into the 4th instar, and it still may be. Time will tell!

Magnolia Warbler. This appears to be a first fall female. Fall migration has begun!


Goldenrods are approaching peak color. Some of the earliest bloomers are already going to seed.

Monarch. 4th instar. Practicing the “J” shape needed for the 5th instar (cocoon phase)?