Sunday, December 1, 2013
I was delighted on Thanksgiving day to spot 4 Golden Eagles, 3 in Fremont County, Colorado (The first 2 I saw were flying a distance away and I did not get photos of them), all adults including this one that was perched on a utility pole along the highway. I parked on the other side of the 2 lane highway (naturally no shoulders and a downward slope so had to stay near the traffic lane) so I was about 50 feet from the utility pole it was on and may 75 feet from the eagle--this photo is the result of a very long telephoto lens plus cropping to enlarge it. I stayed in my car for safety and as I try to do anyway to reduce disturbance to the birds.
I really like the middle photo that shows the back of the eagle's head with it's golden feathering. I always try to not flush raptors from their perches as they need to be able to conduct your tasks of daily living and have chosen the perch because it is good is some way for them. I am pleased to say I did not flush this eagle, it was still on the pole as I drove off and I could see it in my side view mirror from a distance--that to me is success. SeEtta
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Yesterday I found two dark morph Harlan's Hawks on private property in Canon City. Both were more than 300 feet away so have cropped the photos tightly just to get these views.
The top two photos are of one Harlan's that has a small amount of white streaking on it's breast. As shown on the tree limbs, we had about 2 inches of snow at that point.
The bottom two pics are of the second Harlan's and it had more white streaking on it's chest. Interestingly these two were perched within a few hundred yards of each other though likely the trees obscured their view. SeEtta
Friday, November 22, 2013
Greater Spreadwinged Damselfly (Archilestes grandis). After I found the Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly on November 21 I went looking near a pond on the Canon City Riverwalk for odonata and found two Greater Spreadwinged Damselflies (Archilestes grandis)-the one in the top two photos and a different damselfly at the bottom (see the difference in the ragged wings).
I didn't see until I cropped the top photo that this damselfly is munching on another winged insect!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Yesterday I found this Western Pygmy-Blue, a very small butterfly that is listed as having a wing span of only 1/2 to 3/4 inches--and it was very tiny and flighty so hard to photograph. Interestingly I found a record of this species photographed on October 17, 2011 in my county on the ButterfliesAndMoths.org website. It had this note from the person who verified the sighting: "Not uncommonly found in the Arkansas R. valley in late summer and early fall."
Thanks to my friends Dan, Lisa and John for identifying this butterfly for me. SeEtta
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Two days ago I found this Buckeye butterfly in a location that was sheltered; however, there were not any flowers there but there were a number of clumps of rabbitbrush with a few flower blossoms on them a hundred + feet away.
Though it is battered some, it seems in good condition for this late in the year here. SeEtta
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I was quite surprised day before yesterday to spot a small yellow butterfly in my yard--though we have had pretty warm temperatures in Canon City this fall, the temps have fallen well below freezing on a number of occasions which has stopped flowering of most plants so not much for butterfly to nectar on. It was quite small, with a wingspan of about an inch.
I think it is a Dainty Sulfur (Nathalis iole) described here in BugGuide where I will submit it for expert identification. Also described in ButterfliesAndMoths.org which notes a documented sighting in my county (Fremont) of Colorado, albeit only one and several decades ago. SeEtta
Follow-up 11-17-13-BugGuide.org confirmed this as a Dainty sulfur butterfly.