Natural History Update

Back in April I blogged about the process to slowly diverse away from birds 100% and on to other Natural History organisms like butterflies and trees. Time for a Natural History Update.

Natural History Update

My one and only Monarch.

With concentration on birds during migration it probably wasn’t the best time to start diverting. But I did get a good enough feel on the few times I went out to know how to proceed. So this summer I’ll devote more time to each.

First let me say birding helped the learning curve with both. Unlike when I started birding I now know to check status and distribution. I have made wrong guesses on butterflies but looking at status and distribution helped to greatly narrow the field. And to a lesser extent it’s true with trees but people have planted them in all sorts of places so it doesn’t hold as true.

I haven’t got the knack of how to see butterflies and should go with a seasoned veteran like when I started birding. Back then our local Audubon Field Trips brought to life what I was learning in the Field Guides. Eventually the Law of Diminishing Returns took over because what I picked up was less over time. But I still enjoyed the group.

For now I’m going to fumble around with butterflies to see what I don’t know and then go with some “old-hands” to show how it should be done.

Trees have been easier since leaves started growing. The problem is looking at the branches up high to check the info in the field guides. And in my opinion the field guides aren’t has helpful as the butterfly field guides. But I’ll get there.

Now for a few butterfly photos.

I think I have them correct but like with my bird photos, please correct me if wrong. Only way to learn is to try.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Black Swallowtail on Red Clover

Pearl Crescent

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

And I already realize I’m noticing and trying to name butterflies and trees as I see them!

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2 Responses to Natural History Update

  1. Greg M says:

    Nice leps, and I believe they are all correct. Butterflies have provided a nice distraction in the summer when birding gets slow.

    • BobC says:

      Thanks for the feedback.
      Your comment made me chuckle in a few different ways. I read it at lunch after finishing one of Colorado BBS routes and then taking butterfly photos at 9000′. First, this time last year I never would have thought about taking butterfly photos, let alone at 9000′. And now here I am in the middle of no where yet I can still communicate about butterflies with the world. Earlier in the day I passed cell towers in a location I never thought I’d see them. Things just keep changing.

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