People see color before they see anything else. And trying to identify a mystery bird is no exception. Over the years I have posted photo galleries of common birds grouped by color. These photo galleries serve as guides to figuring out what bird you are seeing. And with spring migration starting, high probability of being stumped […]
Identifying birds by color can be helpful during the upcoming spring migration and breeding season. Birds go through two molts per year. The first happens in late summer-fall when the brighter breeding plumage is replaced by the drab basic plumage. The birds will wear this basic plumage through the fall, migration, and winter seasons. The […]
Metalmark butterflies are a diverse family of butterflies that live mostly in the Americas. The name “metalmark” comes from the metallic markings of many species.
The big nest was suddenly there one morning. My next door neighbor called before 8 a.m. asking if I saw the big nest in the tree that grew in front of our houses. I hadn’t noticed it. We used my binoculars to marvel at the engineering skill of the big gray and tan object partially […]
A Red Admiral butterfly was sipping nectar from the Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea) in my garden the other day. When I see a Red Admiral, I always catch my breath. It is something about the curved band of red on the dark black wings that delight me. These aren’t big butterflies but their colors are very […]