Visions of Summer

As Western New York is in the thrust of probably the last heat wave of Summer, thought it appropriate to share some random images shot over the season. Click on a photo to see enlarged images via a photo gallery Enjoy!

European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris): Thousands gather in late Summer each year along about a 1/2 mile strip between a supermarket and highway during the hour or so just before twilight. My guess is they hold this “convention” to prepare for annual migration. You may note an American Crow or two, true to their reputation, “crashing” the party. Intense chatter abounds.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe): Regular visitors to “The Acre” each Summer.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus): another “commoner” who is greatly attracted to these Butterfly Weed flowers. This individual is a male as it lacks the powder blue spots on the lower edge of the wings.

Resident Mesopredator (Felis silvestris catus): This individual was discovered raiding catnip set out for drying.

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