Sights of May 2016

June 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Highlights captured in pictures:

Local stuff:  Playing with Macro again I found lady beetles and some interesting insects as subjects in my yard. This seemed to be flycatcher month in the local parks, some catching butterflies and eating other insects.  

IRC Monthly Butterfly Count: A lovely day with the usual suspects. I am giving a joint presentation at the June meeting to the Lorquin Entomological Society about the program and butterflies. I hope to see some of you there. 

Los Cerritos Wetlands Bird Count: Two Red-tailed Hawk babies were still in the nest. They were very scruffy and cute. House Finch were quite abundant.

West Fork San Gabriel River: I went on a local Audubon trip. Although we saw good birds, they were difficult to photograph, so I shot more butterflies than birds.  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: WOW! Such a great trip. My husband and I went with friends over Memorial Day Weekend and actually found a campsite, and a great one at that. We spent lazy days around camp. I never ventured far and found lizards, butterflies (Ceraunus Blue and Great Purple Hairstreak), birds and mammals. At night, my lantern drew in some interesting insects (including a Mantisfly) and we had a fabulously starry sky. My friends (you know who you are) don't fully share my interests and continually complained that it was my turn at dominoes and hadn't I already taken a photo. Sometimes I have to be social so as not to be rejected by the herd, but I got in some shots - never enough. 

Cruise LA to Vancouver: I took my first cruise in about 35 years. A friend from Audubon found a great deal on a 3-day trip from LA to Vancouver. We looked for pelagic birds and spent a day birding in Vancouver. It was a great time! We saw lots of Albatross and gray whale blows (or gray whale "poofs" as we called them). I didn't photograph all the food, but trust me, it was delicious.

Watch the slideshows or click on the links to look through at your own pace.

Enjoy the show! I always appreciate corrections to id's.

Local stuff:  http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/new_may_2016

 

Irvine Ranch Conservancy monthly butterfly count: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/irc_may_2016

Los Cerritos Wetlands bird count: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/hellman_may_2016

 

West Fork San Gabriel River: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/west_fork_san_gabriel_may_2016

 

Anza-Borrego: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/anza_borrego_may_2016

 

 
 

 


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