Reminder: Nature walk and moon watch today! Goldenrods are blooming, fall is on the way!

Almost all of these photos were taken the last two weeks in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area

Nature walk-   Meet at 6:15 pm  at golf range driving parking lot.  If driving south on LSD, exit to the right at 63rd Street (Hayes) and take the first right turn  into the parking lot.  Drive through the parking lot until you get to the golf range building and park there.

Meet at the Fieldhouse on the  Point at 7:45 for the 7:59 moonrise.  The underpass to the Point is at 55th and LSD.  There is also a parking lot there.

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Goldenrod complete with goldenrod soldier beetle

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knapweed with unknown insect

 

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Every year I try to get a great photo of goldfinches (wild canaries) on a bright yellow flower. Goldfinches breed late so they molt late so unlike other birds, they still look good this time of year.  No good shots yet this year, so I am showing you my 2011 photos–really good, but best I’ve gotten so far.

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Lots of eastern kingbirds around

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young kingbirds

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muddy black-crowned night heron with fish

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sun bathing

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great blue heron on downed log

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great blue heron sharing log with Canada goose and turtle and plants– leaving logs in the water promotes ecological diversity

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female common yellowthroat warbler

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juvenile house sparrow still has a trace of her nestling  yellow lips

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juvenile starlings, the one on the right is  just starting to get spots

 

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cup plants blooming in garden

 

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cup plants in jackson park and burnham nature sanctuary with flowers burnt off.  why? Illinois wildflowers. com says of this native plant:

 “Various birds, especially goldfinches, are very fond of the seeds, and drink water from the cups formed by the leaves. Because of the tendency to form dense colonies, this plant provides good cover for birds, which often lurk among the leaves during the heat of the day, searching for insects or pausing to rest.”

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young raccoon was spotted because it was being harassed by crows

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eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple on butterfly bush

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question mark – note how well it would be camouflaged if only the outer wings were showing

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same question mark butterfly

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silver-spotted skipper

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skipper on cone flower

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orange sulfur on ironweed

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Monarch on butterfly bush

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cabbage white on goldenrod

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wild Indigo dusty wing, thanks for the ID, Randy,  on red clover

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another view of wild indigo dustywing  on red clover

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outer wings of common buckeye

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common buckeye

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