Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Midsummer lookalikes

Back to the Garden for the first time in several weeks. There were a lot (maybe 4) of Common Yellowthroats around, including this extensively yellow individual....

looking almost like a Yellow Warbler. One of them posed for me too.

A Chipping Sparrow was dutifully feeding a much larger Brown-headed Cowbird.

In the lower garden I encountered this Bobolink. They are almost annual spring and fall visitors. This very gray and poorly marked juvenile sure looks like the cowbird, doesn't it!

Several Hummingbirds were taking advantage of the tube flowers ...

Also in the lower garden I watched a Spicebush Swallowtail feasting on an Ecinacea.

and this Twelve-spotted Skimmer.


  1. Great pics Haynes! What a great day you had. Especially with the bobolink. I don't think I ever would have figured that out. It looks so much like the female cowbird. And cowbirds putting eggs in chipping sparrow nests? yikes.

  2. Marshall Illiff just took a look at the "bobolink" photo and wrote me to say that not only did it look like a juvenile cowbird, it WAS a juvenile cowbird!