Monday, October 3, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: September 23 - 29, 2016

After being away on vacation, I came home and filled the empty bird feeders, refreshed the hummingbird nectar and sat back to see who would dine. The usual birds came into the yard: Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, Goldfinches, House Finches, and House Sparrows. But what was that bird in the apple tree? It had a mask! It was a juvenile Cedar Waxwing. There was a Yellow- throated Warbler in the tree too. A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird came to the nectar several times in an hour, taking long drinks. I looked away for a minute and heard a commotion at the feeders and saw a Cooper's Hawk had sailed in. He came up empty for a snack and went to sit on the fence for a few minutes. The asters were buzzing with bees and Cabbage White butterflies. It was hard for me to leave the porch to do anything else with all this activity to watch right in my yard. Eventually, I got up and unpacked. P.S.: The last hummer sighting for me was the 27th.
Cabbage White Butterfly on Asters

Bumble Bee

Goldfinch on Purple Coneflower Seed head which it Enjoys Eating

Cooper's Hawk

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

Great Blue Heron on South Shore Round Lake

Contorting While Grooming

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