Thursday, September 1, 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.

Mammals.

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

Birds.

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:




Insects.

Eastern tiger swallowtail

These two sulphurs (?) were flying around stuck together

The best insect of the trip, and maybe even my favorite creature from the trip, was the Hummingbird clearwing moth!



There are other non-living creatures to be on the lookout for at my parents' house...




This is always a fun place to hang out, plus the company is pretty good when I'm not getting annihilated at Scrabble.  Good times!!!