Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The last New England Aster flowers looked pretty droopy, but their colors were very vibrant and enhanced by the frost.
The seed heads here seem to be the focus point for the frost crystals, with little columns rising off the seeds.
Not having a warm indoor area to return to means needing to constantly eat to stay warm.
The Gold Finch is in its winter plumage now, with the bright yellows of summer replaced by the duller colors that make hiding from predators easier.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
It's rehabilitation was complete and now it is healthy enough to join other Broadwing Hawks in their migration to South America for the winter.
These hawks nest in and around Springbrook, and a pair was regularly seen and heard over the trails throughout this past summer.
Keep an eye out next year for this hawk with the band on its left leg. It might return to this same area.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It is mostly shades of brown with some black.
All sparrows have a short heavy beak for cracking seeds open.
Fox Sparrows are only seen during migration in the fall and spring at Springbrook, as they spend summers farther north, and winter in the warm southern areas.
The yellow above the eye is a sure way to identify these sparrows. The yellow at the back edge of the beak is left over from this birds "gape" this past summer as a baby bird.
The "gape" color signals the adults to feed the baby birds, and will be gone by spring.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
By coincidence someone had brought in an adult moth found in their garden a few days ago, so here are their pictures together, something I haven't seen at the same time before.
The caterpillar has the characteristic tail of all sphinx moth caterpillars, but is more boldly colored than most other sphinxes.
Unfortunately, this caterpillar has almost no chance of surviving to adulthood.
During the day the bright underwing colors are covered up as the moth camouflages itself on some tree bark or dead leaves.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
This Purple Cone Flower was the only one left, and some of its petals were missing.
The wet cloudy day made the colors very vibrant. The only challenge was keeping the camera dry.
There were no bees or bugs pollinating in the rain. When the sun returns they will be back.