Black Swallowtail and Red Admiral Butterflies at Scarborough Bluffs/ June 29, 2019

I don’t know just where butterflies go on non-sunny summer days, but they were certainly plentiful on this sunny, 24 degree morning.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Red Admiral
Red Admiral

At 7 am it was quite foggy, but the fog soon evaporated.

This morning’s group:

Some botany and other sights:

Multiflora rose (Rosa multuflora)
Purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
English Garden Snail
Crab Apple (Malus)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Species list: ring-billed gull, mourning dove, chimney swift, rock pigeon, red-bellied woodpecker, northern flicker, eastern kingbird, bank swallow, barn swallow, tree swallow, Carolina wren, gray catbird, American robin, blue-gray gnatcatcher, European starling, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, American redstart, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, Baltimore oriole, orchard oriole, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (28 species)

American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird chick
Rock Pigeons


Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things – 
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; 
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; 
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; 
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; 
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. 

All things counter, original, spare, strange; 
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) 
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; 
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: 
                                Praise him. – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Miles Hearn

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