Not Purple Sandpipers

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Sanderling and Semipalmated Sandpiper
Three Sanderlings and a Semipalmated Sandpiper were acting like Purple Sandpipers, feeding on the rock jetties at Riis Park this past Saturday. They were surprisingly unskittish around people, as witnessed by these closeups.

Variegated Fritillary

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

orange and black butterfly on red clover flower
Variegated Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 2007-08-12

American Oystercatchers

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

3 shorebirds with long orange bills feeding in sand
Jacob Riis Park, 2007-08-11

Men In Trees

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

In Chicago last month I happened to catch Men in Trees on TV. It was mildly amusing, but I liked it better the first time I saw it. You know, when it was called Northern Exposure.

Gray Catbird

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Gray bird with black cap in tree
Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
Jackson Park, Chicago, 2007-07-28

Eastern Comma

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Brown and orange butterfly, worn
Eastern Comma, Polygonia comma
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 2007-08-01