Showing posts from September, 2016

New England Backyard Wildlife

My parents' yard on Cape Cod attracts tons of awesome creatures and while I'm visiting I spend a lot of time wandering their property looking at things.  I'll break it down for you.


Their most famous mammal this summer has been an albino chipmunk they first noticed in June.

How this critter has managed to stay alive I have no idea. 

Regular flavor chipmunk for comparison


It's always nice to hang out with common eastern birds that do not, for the most part, exist in Oregon.  Here's a sampler platter:

Common Grackle

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 Carolina Wren

Coffee with turkeys (okay, we have lots of turkeys in Oregon)

There are no good-looking cardinals in late August

Baltimore Orioles are suckers for jelly

Gray Catbirds are also suckers for jelly

Black-and-white Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

My last morning in New England I heard a lifer sound while I was still in bed:


Eastern tiger swallowtail
These two sulphurs (?) were flying around stuck togethe…