Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sparrows & Spring
















        Spring has Sprung














                                     Robin's nest building well on its way just outside our window.

















                                                                                                                                                                 4/15/2013: 11:44AM South Burlington VT
 Time to spread those wings.  

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mourning Cloak -Nymphalis antiopa  




Family
Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies
Description
2 7/8-3 3/8" (73-86 mm). Large. Wing margins ragged. Dark with pale margins. Above, rich brownish-maroon, iridescent at close range, with ragged, cream-green band, bordered inwardly by brilliant blue spots all along both wings. Below, striated, ash-black with row of blue-green to blue-gray chevrons just inside dirty yellow border.
http://natureshare.com/#species-page/Butterflies/Mourning-Cloak
More info @ http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Nymphalis-antiopa














 White Throated Sparrow















 































 


Up, Up and Away!


                          
                                                                                    





      
                                                                                                    Chipping Sparrow
                                                                                                   "Note the  rusty head,
                                                                                                    the pale eyebrow, and the clear breast."
                                                                                                    --Bruce MacPherson






 













Song Sparrow
"Note the heavy stripes, grayish face, and dark "mustache". Often the stripes will converge into a dark spot or stick pin."
--Bruce MacPherson
Green Mtn Audubon Society
http://www.greenmountainaudubon.org/






See American Tree Sparrow @
 http://www.litterwithastorytotell.blogspot.com/2013/04/backyard-birds-american-tree-sparrow.html