Wednesday, July 18
Turns out it is a Cecopia Moth, the largest moth in North American. Why did it defy "Murphy's Law" and not fly off? Cecopia Moths only fly at night. Other strange but true facts are that it only lives for two weeks and it has no mouth or proboscis to feed. Its only purpose in their adult life is to mate and perpetuate the species. And what a beautiful species it is!
Tuesday, July 3
Sunday, April 29
A brilliant Indigo Bunting feeding along a fence row with a couple of Northern Cardinals was my first sighting. I could hear a Carolina Wren calling and another song that I thought was a vireo. It got closer and closer and with a few squeaks I got great looks at a White-eyed Vireo. While squeaking up the vireo a Gray Catbird popped up from some heavy brush. There was some movement above, it was a female Summer Tanager. Hey, this is getting good. I stood in that one spot for a while but never saw another migrant.
Headed back to the house to see a pair of Mississippi Kites soaring overhead. A Red-bellied Woodpecker worked on excavating a nest cavity in an old pine tree not from the Pine where the Red-shouldered Hawks are nesting. I did manage to see a single chick on the nest. Might have been more but could only see the one. Not much else other than the regular crew of Carolina Chickadees and such. Did have a dozen Chimney Swifts fly overhead along with a lone Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Monday, April 16
Sunday, April 8
Today, however, the woodland birding was almost a big goose egg. I was saved from a shutout by single Red-headed and Downy Woodpeckers. The best birding today was around the back loop drive. A blanket of yellow wild flowers cover the inner part of the loop while the outside of loop provided great views of Yellow-crowned Night-herons. I counted a half dozen with most of them showing their breeding plumes. There were lots of swallows flying about, mostly Barn and Purple Martins. The lake still had quite a few American Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, a pair of Blue-winged Teal.
Sunday, April 1
Wednesday, March 28
Nature is full of surprises and I got one as I was leaving for work this afternoon. I was about to drive off when a splash of green at the base of a pine tree caught my eye. I did a double take, jumped out of my car and ran back inside the house to get my camera. Resting at the base of the pine tree was a beautiful Luna Moth. It's only the second one I gotten a picture of and one of the few that I have ever seen. This one was especially striking!