Sunday, 31 May 2009

Riverside Cemetery, Pawtucket RI - Sat. 30th

                                   Male Indigo Bunting

                                   House Wren (leaving said house)

                                   Red-eyed Vireo

                                   Yellow Warbler
                Not too much new but the Indigo Buntings have indeed decided Pawtucket is for them.

Mass. coast, May 29th.

                                  Great Egret

                                   Ruddy Turnstone



A couple of shots from Horseneck Beach on Friday.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

                                   Eastern Tent Caterpillar (beautiful larva, non-descript moth as a friend succinctly put it)

                                   Wood Thrush

  The Waxwing was half of a pair I saw last week at the same spot - they seem to hanging around too long not to be breeding.

More from Riverside Cemetery May 23-25.

                                   Common Green Darner

                                   Bank Swalllow

                                            House Wren

                                          Black-billed Cuckoo 
       The Cuckoo is a lousy picture but such an excellent bird.

More song birds

                                    Red-eyed Vireo

                                    1st summer male American Redstart

                                       Adult male American Redstart

So much song in the cemetery with Red-eyed and Philadelphia Vireos, American Redstarts,Yellowthroat, Blackpoll, Wilson's, Canada, Yellow, Magnolia, and Black-throated  Blue Warblers; either nest building or on eggs were Belted Kingfisher, Osprey, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great-crested Flycatcher and Bank Swallow, with many of the common species feeding young. A pair of Indigo Buntings may be setting up in a weedy neighborhood.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

The joy of flight


House Martin

Sand Martin

These 3 beauties were all at Head Farm Pond this p.m. (mike).

Saturday, 23 May 2009

The irreswiftable ballerina

Couldn't resist this shot taken in late evening with the sun low in the sky. The Grosbeak on nest is brilliant ! (mike)

moth update


Bright-line Brown-eye

Garden Carpet

3 new moths for the year (mike)

Riverside Cemetery, Pawtucket RI - Wednesday 20th

                                   Field Sparrow

                                Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

                                   Courting Downy Woodpeckers
                                   Drinking Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

                                   Err, Bees

Plenty of migrants now drifting through, mostly in Swan Point (immediately to the south my preferred and more quiet Riverside), Unfortunately nothing really good captured on film. 
Most of the warblers were males singing and mostly hidden in the tops of trees. I had 9 species but there was plenty I didn't see but a friendly and knowledgeable couple (Sue and Rodney)did, including Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The weekend beckons.


  The last night at Nancees in Westport, Mass. produced a couple of new niceties.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Grubs and parents

Broom Moth

Drinker - adult

Drinker -caterpillar

Angle Shades - adult

Angle Shades - caterpillar

The 2 caterpillars were found recently, though the pics of the relevant adults were taken last year. The Broom Moth is the 2nd. Flamborough record.

Canon 400f5.6

Very distant and acutely sharpened common swifts

These aren't brilliant, but they sure as hell couldn't have been taken with a bloody sigma........... (mike)

Monday, 18 May 2009


Don't see many of these in a year on the cape.

Sunday, 17 May 2009


Brindled pug

Silver y

Broad-barred White

Water Carpet

A bit more variety in the moth trap this morning :- 2 hebrew characters plus singles of common carpet,common quaker, muslin, water carpet and broad-barred white (2nd. flamborough record), plus a brindled pug . Immigrants caught were 3 diamondbacks and 1 silver y.

Saturday, 16 May 2009


A flock of 7 Dotterel provided afternoon entertainment on Beacon Hill this afternoon, unfortunately in very overcast conditions. (mike).