Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pelee Visit on Sunday

On Sunday I went to Point Pelee to see what was around.  I started at Redbud Trail which was quite good for warblers and other birds.  There was finally a good variety of birds to sort through.

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Sparrow Field was also quite good.  I saw my first Philadelphia Vireo of the fall migration there, as well as a couple of Cape May Warblers.

The Tip was not very active with a strong west wind.  A number of gulls were milling about but I could find nothing unusual.

A quick check of Northwest Beach area revealed a couple of Common Buckeyes, common Checkered-Skipper among others.

Carolina Saddlebags

I decided to check out Hillman Marsh shorebird cell area.  It is certainly a big year for checkered skippers as I had at least 40 just around the cell.

Peck's Skippers were quite common as well (over two dozen).  I only saw on Tawny-edged Skipper.

Lots of Common Buckeyes were present as well.

Checkered Skippers are everywhere right now it seems.  One was at Stewart Wetland this evening.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Yard Bugs

I was outside this afternoon (Friday) in the yard when I noticed a Common-checkered Skipper flying around. I decided to keep watch over the next hour.
There were several butterfly species.

Tawny-edged Skipper

One of 3 Peck's Skippers

Giant Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail caterpillar
Yellow-legged Meadowhawk

Japanese Beetle

Another Peck's