Migrating bird magnet: unusual guests at our stream

"What's that bird?!" I called out as I ran into the house, desperately trying to get my son's attention. We both enjoy watching birds, but he is much better at identifying them. It was mid-August, 2018 and I wasn't expecting to see any unusual visitors at our new stream. It was a Chestnut-sided Warbler! We … Continue reading Migrating bird magnet: unusual guests at our stream

Butterfly spotting, part 2: new butterfly visitors

This summer, I also discovered some new butterflies in the garden. I have been trying to attract them by adding more food plants: flowers with nectar for adults, and a variety of host plants for their caterpillars. My efforts are certainly paying off. Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies For the first time ever, I saw Great … Continue reading Butterfly spotting, part 2: new butterfly visitors

Butterfly spotting, part 1: common butterflies in the garden

I must sound like a broken record. In most of my blog posts, I begin with a variation of: "Even though our native plantings are only a few years old, I see more insects/birds each year, and a greater diversity of insect/bird species." Here I go again -- in 2019, I saw so many butterflies, … Continue reading Butterfly spotting, part 1: common butterflies in the garden