Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon!

This is the second full moon during the month of August 2012 which makes it a "Blue Moon!"  The next blue moon will not occur until July 2015.

Red-breasted Goose

This is an endangered Red-breasted Goose which originates from Siberia. They have been hunted to near extinction and are considered to be one of the most beautiful geese in the world. This photo was taken at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delvan, New York which is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the United States.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Safe Travels

Our male Ruby-throats haven't been seen for a few days now. Only the females and young ones remain and they will be leaving at any time to return to Central America. After that, all we will see for the next few weeks will be a few migrants passing through that spent their summer further north. Safe travels my friends, you are amazing creatures!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Immature Green Heron

The camouflage on a Green Heron is amazing!  This guy was 20 feet in front of me for at least 10 minutes before I realized he was there.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Buckeye Butterfly

Buckeye Butterfly which is out of its normal range here in western New York State.  It is usually not found north of mid-Pennsylvania or east of Ohio.

Fleeting Beauty

The Aphrodite Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria aphrodite) is a perfect example of "fleeting beauty" since it doesn't sit still for very long.  This photo has been included in the sightings record for the the Butterflies and Moths of North America organization (BAMONA).  You can view the record at the following link: 

Wild Peppermint

Wild peppermint is in bloom and the butterflies and bees love it!  This is a Pearl Crescent Butterfly visiting the mint blossoms.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Saying Goodbye?

It makes me sad to think that our hummingbirds will be gone soon.  Most leave this area of Western New York State and begin their migration south by Labor Day which is just a few short weeks away.  :-(

Fledgling Hummingbird

Another Brood!

Another brood of Wild Turkey has joined the original group that has been visiting our yard this summer.  The second hen has a brood of two younger poults for a total of ten little ones!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cauldron in the Sky

Heavy clouds around the sunset this evening created a fiery looking cauldron in the sky.

Eight Left!

An update on our wild turkey brood:  As of this morning there eight of the original 11 little ones left.  This appears to be a very good survival rate for this point in the summer.  You can see how much they have grown by comparing it to the photos I took on July 14th.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Full Sturgeon Moon

The Native American fishing tribes of the Great Lakes area called the full moon in August the "Sturgeon Moon" since it is traditionally the best month of the year to catch them.

Great Blue Herons