CF Butterflies & Moths Today

Fred's Field this morning featured both kinds of clear-winged moths (Snowberry and Hummingbird), several Viceroys and a Cabbage White that had the good sense to land on some beautiful yellow flowers.

Hummingbird Clearwing is above left.  Click image to enlarge.

The Butterfly Walk is this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Vulture Mystery Half-answered (Help!)

IMG_0278Monday's mystery was a two-parter. I think the first part was too easy, so no one answered the second...

Who dese?

Ever see them perch together?

The answer to the first question is a Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture.

I had never seen just two of them perched together like this before, nor has Stiles Thomas.

Has anyone else?

Answering the Monday Dragonfly Mysteries

On July 8, I asked:

Can you identify these two dragonflies, photographed last week in Fred's Field in the Celery Farm?

It was the first I was able to photograph one of 'em.

Turns out I only got one right. Or maybe I got confused.

The guy on the left is a Halloween Pennant, seen frequently in Fred's Field by the Green Way entrance. The second guy I took to be a Red Saddlebags. But Joe Lafferty (who ID'd the Halloween Pennant, said the guy on the right is a Calico Pennant. (Thanks, Joe!)

IMG_0442And when I thought I was getting a better photo of what I thought was a Red Saddlebags, Denise Farrell I.D.'d it as a Widow Skimmer, which I usually see along Phair's Pond.  (And I thought skipper butterflies were hard to ID.!)

On closer inspection, you can see a difference. I guess the Celery Farm needs a dragonfly I.D, pamphlet. At least I do!

Jim Wright's Free E-books

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As part of my talk at the Christian Health Care Center  today,  I promised I would post some links I discussed.

The link to my free  "Best of the Bird Watcher" e-book (above) is here.Survival cover

The link to "Survival," my e-book on the Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale, is here.

The Duke Farms interactive Bald Eagle e-book was designed by Mimi Sabatino and includes a ton of information about Duke Farms' Bald Eagles as well as the Bald Eagle's amazing comeback in New Jersey and beyond -- plus plenty of excellent links.

Also featured: Some great photography by Kevin Watson. 

You can view it here.

The Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands & Beyond e-book -- a nifty collaborative effort --can be viewed or downloaded here:

Download BaldEaglesintheMeadowlandsBeyondSoft.

Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands cover

CF Butterfly Walk Postponed to July 27

IMG_0536 (1)Our annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk has been moved back to Saturday, July 27, because of the hot temperatures forecast for this weekend.

(Could be more butterflies later in the month, too.)

The annual walk is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend.

Meet at the end of Green Way at 10:30 a.m. for a 90-minute stroll.

Dress for bright sun. Bring water and sunscreen. Rain cancels this walk.

Leader: the indefatigable Fred Weber.


Tuesday's Butterfly Walk at DeKorte Park w/list

For a sneak preview of the 9th annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park (details on that on a post tomorrow), I went on Bergen County Audubon's butterfly walk today.

The weather was hot and sunny, but we had lots of butterflies and a Snowberry Clear- IMG_0815winged Moth -- and so many Coneflowers, Bee Balm and other native plants.

 Plus that always amazing view of the Manhattan skyline.

A list of the 14 species I saw follows.

Many Monarchs

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Question Mark

Umpteen Red Admirals

A couple of Ladies that never landed long enough to I.D.

Broad-winged Skippers

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Buckeye (at the very end)

American Snout (briefly)

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Summer Azure

Orange Sulphurs

Cabbage Whites

(Click image to view thumbnails.)


The Butterflies Are Arriving

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Each time I walk around the Celery Farm between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. nowadays, I see a few more butterflies and anther species or two.

Yesterday I saw three Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, including the one above in the Butterfly Garden (which is looking great, thanks to our volunteers).

The annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Green Way entrance.

A Dazzling Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth

IMG_0679 (1)I have a confession to make. I love butterflies but my favorite insect of summer just might be the Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth, a jaw-dropper if I ever saw one.

This guy just might be the most beautiful one I've ever seen -- earlier today in Fred's Field at Green Way.

I have been waiting for weeks for this guy (and for Great-spangled Fritillaries).

I hope the Clear-wing hangs around until Fred and Deedee's Butterfly Walk on Saturday. Would love to have a moth steal the show.

More about Hummingbird Clearwings here.

And speaking of moths, National Moth Week starts Saturday, More here.

Meadowlands Moth Night is next Tuesday at DeKorte Park from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Free to all.