Cows are supposed to eat grass, not corn. Grass fed cows are happy cows.
Chipping Sparrows taunt me. I see them when I walk around campus at work. But it wouldn’t do for me to be walking around with camera gear when I’m supposed to be an engineer. They hop around the ground, sit up in the trees and just go about their business.
Saturday at Appleton Farms, I found this one taking a bit of a dust bath. He was cooperative, but quite frankly, this one will not be appearing on the cover of QG.
Then he decided to forage at the edge of a mud puddle. Come on, throw me a bone here!
Then he hopped up on a weathered wooden fence rail. That’s better.
Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week!
Saturday morning was my first trip to Appleton Farms this summer. I was happy to find a few bugs. Our blogging colleagues Frank and Roy from across the pond do so well with butterflies on their walks through their country sides. I’m always impressed with the butterflies they find. Saturday was my turn. I usually do not see so many species on a single walk. Besides these, I also found a Common Wood-nymph and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
First up is an Great Spangled Fritillary.
Don’t let the size fool you here. This is an Eastern Tailed Blue. It is the size of a dime. Shown are the underside and the topside.
Shot at a bit of a distance is this Spicebush Swallowtail. (I’m 80% sure that is what it is.)
This is the second Monarch that I’ve seen this summer. I couldn’t resist shooting it in a different style.
Now I showed you this bug yesterday. This is the third Monarch I’ve seen this year.
A Clouded Sulphur being bashful in the grass. Soon the Asters will be out and the Clouded Sulphurs will be all over them.
The Cabbage White on Clover. (Much like yesterday’s.)