The air above Fort Tilden’s narrow reach was full of Tree Swallows and, to a lesser extent, Monarch Butterflies. The Monarchs were being pushed hard towards the east in the breeze. We saw about a dozen of them. One was quite high, noticed as we watched a Peregrine on patrol way up there.Danaus plexippus. Some were still eating. This is a good reminder that, this late in the year, there’s are no milkweeds in bloom around here. But the goldenrods are ripe, tiny little suns of nectar and pollen.
Posts Tagged 'butterflies'
Tags: invertebrates, insects, butterflies, Fort Tilden
Tags: Green-Wood, invertebrates, insects, butterflies, Bush Terminal
Tags: Brooklyn, birding, birds, fish, Plumb Beach, butterflies
Plumb Beach is off the Belt Parkway between Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush Avenue. The Parks Dept.’s website calls it Plumb; Parks Dept. signs on site call it Plum; it is supposed to be named after Beach Plums (Prunus maritima). It has a unexpected history, although perhaps not for Brooklyn’s wild edges, capped more recently by tragedy. In the supposedly more savage natural world, it is one of the premier places for Horseshoe Crabs in the spring. It was surprisingly quiet on a recent late afternoon. But that may have been explained by an enormous NYS Envirnonmental Police vehicle and armored-vest (!) wearing rangers on patrol.Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) are starting to show up on the shore in preparation for flightward south.This Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is already well out of breeding plumage. There were two Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus) scoottling along the shore. Other notable birds were pair of Oystercatchers passing offshore and two Snowy Egrets rising briefly from the marsh.A two-foot “sand shark” as I would have called them in my youth, missing a big chuck from the side of the head, the gills. Fraternal or by-catch? Holler if you know the species.
Tags: New York Botanical Garden, invertebrates, insects, butterflies
Tags: Brooklyn, invertebrates, insects, flowers, butterflies, plants
Tags: invertebrates, insects, butterflies, plants
Tags: Brooklyn, invertebrates, insects, butterflies
Over the weekend, I lost count of the number of species of butterflies I saw, most of them for the first time this year. This included a Monarch (predictably scouting out Milkweeds), so that’s a good start. American Ladies (Vanessa virginiensis), like the one above in Green-Wood, and Red Admirals were all over.There were at least two swallowtail species as well. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), seen in Prospect Park. Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) at Marine Park.