Sunday, August 20, 2017

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 8/20/17, Sandy Point, West Haven

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 8/20/17, Sandy Point, West Haven.  Juvenile: aged by white fringed coverts, scapulars, tertials.  Adult has buffy fringing, and lacks overall crispness of this bird's plumage.  Bird discovered about 4 days ago.  Quite tame.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juv.,  Sandy Point W. Haven 8/20/17

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Butterflies, 8/19/17, Giant, Hackberry

Butterflies, 8/19/17, Giant Swallowtail, Hackberry Emperor, Snout. The Giant(s) have been at our garden for the past week, yesterday with two together.  The Hackberry Emperor(s) were first seen in the Jared Eliot Preserve in Guilford; later, he telephone poles in the Spencer Creek Preserve were host to  at least 3 Hackberry Emperors.

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17


Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17




Hackberry Emperor, Guilford, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17
Viceroy, Eisenhower Park, Milford, 8/14/17

Black Swallowtail, home, 8/17

Red-banded Hairstreak, Guilford, 8/19/17

Red-banded Hairstreak, Guilford, 8/19/17 on Ironweed

Red-banded Hairstreak, Guilford, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17

Giant Swallowtail, home, 8/19/17
American Snout, Jared Eliot Preserve, Guilford, CT 8/19/17

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seaside Sparrow, Milford Point, 8/15/17

Seaside Sparrow, Milford Point, 8/15/17

Found 2 Seaside Sparrows in the Spartina just north of main sandbar at Silver Sands this afternoon (in the company of at least one Marsh Wren).  Hoping that Ammodramus maritimus is the first of many Ammodramus sparrows this season.  These are juveniles (told by pale supraloral; breast and flanks streaks).  A few record photos:

Juvenile Seaside Sparrow, Milford Point, 8/15/17

Juvenile Seaside Sparrow, Milford Point, 8/15/17

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Butterflies, early August, White M, Giant, RS Purple, et al

Butterflies, early August, White M, Giant, RS Purple, et al.  This year we've had an outbreak of Painted Ladies.  The Giant showed up a bit early, and he's been bitten.  The Red-spotted Purple's a beauty, as are the hairstreaks.
Giant Swallowtail, home, on Buddleia, 8/1017

Giant Swallowtail, home, on Buddleia, 8/1017

Giant Swallowtail, home, on Buddleia, 8/8/17. First in state

Red-spotted Purple, 8/10/17, home, on Buddleia

Red-spotted Purple, 8/10/17, home, on Buddleia
Monarch, home, 8/2/17
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 8/8/17, home, on Buddleia
Orange Sulphur, home, 8/8/17 on Buddleia
Silver Spotted Skipper, 8/8/17, Silver Sands SP, on Spotted Knapweed
Painted Lady, Silver Sands SP,8/8/17

Red-spotted Purple, 8/10/17, home, on Buddleia
Swarthy Skipper, Stratford Point, 8/9/17

A couple of hairstreaks.  Thank you Bill W and Stefan for the White M.
Red-banded Hairstreak, home, Joe-Pye, August 2017

White-M Hairstreak, Stratford point, 8/9/17, on Queen Anne's Lace

White-M Hairstreak, Stratford point, 8/9/17, on Queen Anne's Lace


Silver-spotted Skipper, Silver Sands SP, 8/8/17
Red-Spotted Purple, home, Milford 8/10/17