Friday, June 29, 2012

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

A Clearwing Hummingbird Moth feeding on nectar from Milkweed blossoms.  These moths usually don't appear in the yard until mid-July.  This is another early event for the season.  I have also been seeing fireflies for a few weeks now which usually show up in July not June.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Father Sky

Father Sky showing off for Mother Earth this evening!

Patience

A fledgling Oriole waits patiently at the top of the jelly feeder while dad feeds one of the other siblings.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Defensive Posture

I'm fairly certain this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird has a nest in the bush behind her.  No one can go near it without her flying out of it and chattering at any intruder including other hummingbirds.

Here she is guarding the area.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spring Finale

A subdued and hazy sunset in the evening sky on the last day of Spring 2012.

Purple Finch

A tough bird to identify but this is definitely a Purple not a House Finch. It has a deeply notched tail, a purple head with an even darker crown and his back is edged with pink. A prominent local birder of the past named Roger Tory Peterson once described them as "sparrows dipped in raspberry juice."

Monday, June 11, 2012

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee in the rain under low light conditions.  It can be difficult to catch them out in the open like this since they prefer to spend their time in thick grass or brush.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus Transit

Venus transit across the sun is barely visible in this shot taken at sunset.  It appears as a faint speck above the smokestacks at Nanticoke in Ontario, Canada (click on photo for an expanded view).

Friday, June 1, 2012

Purple Finch