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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Birds and Butterflies

The butterflies have arrived in my area! And we have an unknown hawk.

On March 16, 2016, I took this picture of my first Mourning Cloak for this year at Muir Creek. It's name comes from  a similarity to a cloak worn in mourning.  There also are some at Swan Lake.
For the ABC Wednesday and the letter "M". Another Mourning Cloak below from last year.

Also arriving soon in the area are the following butterflies. Some are already here!  I can't wait till they all come home and I can see them again!

Spring Azure
 Sara Orangetip
 Propertius Duskywing
Spring Azure
 Cabbage White
 Cabbage White
Grey Hairstreak
 Mylitta Crescent 
Pine White
 I have an on-going struggle with my eyes.
The memes for this week I will try to join are:

For Wild Bird Wednesday.

We have had a mystery hawk at Swan Lake!  He is very dark and he has white on his tail.  At first a birder said he may be a Harlan's Hawk.  I think now the consensus is that he is a dark-morph Red- tailed Hawk.  Very pretty!  Here is an article on how to identify the dark Hawk.

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Sandra said...

i have never seen any of these butterflies and they are all wonderful. i especially like the mourning cloak. it looks like the cloaks they wore in the 1700's.. beautiful photos

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What gorgeous macro butterfly shots and other nature's beauties ~

Wishing you peace in your day ~ ^_^

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nora those butterflies are incredibly beautiful; I am in such awe of your knowledge (knowing all their names) as well as of your photography talents. A stunning collection.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh wow! I love all the pretty butterflies.

Alexa T said...

Beautifull collection of butterflies! So lovely to see them! Maybe now that Spring arrived, I'll see more than last year. Till now I've seen only one...
Greetings in April!

joanna uk said...

What an array of winged beauty.
And it only just started.
BTW, have you tried a hefty dose of Vit.C? The powdered form, which I believe is used for baking?

Pamela Gordon said...

Your butterfly photos are gorgeous. It will be a while until we see them fluttering around here. Enjoy!

Roger Owen Green said...

fascinating names!


Linda W. said...

Wonderful butterfly pics!

Leslie: said...

It always amazes me how many different types of butterflies there are! I visited the Butterfly Farm near Victoria once and was fascinated.

abcw team

Stewart M said...

Great butterflies! It's really inconsiderate of hawks to have so many different plumages! They really should try harder!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wonderful series of photos Nora.

I'm sorry to read about your eyes, i hope you get well soon!!

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Indrani said...

Amazing designs by nature.
Happy ABCW!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

sweet, sweet flutterbys

Rick Watson said...

Beautiful pictures of incredible critters.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful collection of butterflies. No wonder you are excited at their arrival.

Powell River Books said...

I saw the first Mourning Cloak at the cabin last week. The only other butterfly I've seen is a small white one, but too far off to identify or photograph. - Margy

Joy said...

A gorgeous flutter of butterflies. I can't wait to see my first one of the year (we are having very damp uncertain spring weather, if they have any sense they will lie low)

Stephanie said...

I have been wanting to go to Swan Lake. We could not go the last time we were in Victoria. Lovely Butterfly images! I hope to see some this summer.

Jenny said...

Lovely butterflies! I especially like the grey hairstreak and the mylitta crescent.

Laura said...

How lovely Nora!

Marie C said...

Beautiful butterflies! And beautiful hawk! What a wonderful series of photos! So many different kids of butterflies....sorry you are having issues with your eyes.

Giga said...

Beautiful butterfly already seen this year, and beautiful soon zobaszysz. The hawk is a wonderful bird. Regards.

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Nora...it must be so frustrating to have these issues with your eyes... But you got some wonderful photos of butterflies and it will be weeks before I see one.. Interesting info about the hawk..Michelle