Weekend Bird and Butterfly Notes – July 26, 2015

Bird Notes

These are summer’s light times on the local birding front. Song is diminishing. Young birds abound. Southbound migration is underway. Shorebirds such as Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers are present in the proper habitats.

Butterflies

A Little Yellow was found by Jeff Ellerbusch at Finderne Wetlands on Friday, July 24. This is the first documented Little Yellow in the 21st century for Somerset County. Jeff was fortunate to fire off a few exposures as the butterfly flew by rapidly and out of view. The photo is good enough for a positive identification.

Little Yellow
(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

The best online resource for New Jersey butterflies is the website maintained by the North American Butterfly Association’s North Jersey Butterfly Club. The main link for that site is here.


Yesterday, July 25 at Duke Farms, Mike Newlon photographed a Juniper Hairstreak and a Giant Swallowtail.

Juniper Hairstreak, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Juniper Hairstreak, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Giant Swallowtail, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Giant Swallowtail, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


Finis


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