Wot no birds….

25 07 2010

American Copper

Is it just me that finds summer essentially depressing? I’ve always found the season to be somewhat melancholy, but now I am a birder the pain is doubled by the complete lack of anything worth birding for. Once you’ve lived somewhere long enough to get all the usual suspects that breed locally, there hardly seems to be a reason to leave the house in June or July.

For me the main excitement to be found in local birding is that random factor that you get in migration. Even in the depths of winter there appears to be stuff on the move summer however just appears as a dead zone on my birding calendar. Anyway to keep myself even remotely sane I decided that this year I’d at least take a passing interest in the local butterflies. Armed with my girlfriends camera I even managed to get a few nice shots of stuff.

Although butterflies aren’t going to be taking up much of my time once the birds start moving again it has at least given me the impetus to get outdoors for the last month or two. If you haven’t delved into them yet there are certainly worse ways to kill time between migration and if you think shorebirds are tough try getting your head around the world of skippers!

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4 responses

26 07 2010
steve from hackney

Nice Pix, young man

30 07 2010
Dawn Fine

Howdee..
The butterfly pics are fab. hee hee..Do i sound British?
I think lots of birders turn to butterflies when things slow down.

Going to get a BwBTC outing together end of August. Not sure where yet..but prob. CT,RI or MA.
let me know if you are interested.
Any Ideas..I heard RI has a few good places..

30 07 2010
Cindy

Luke,bBeautiful Spicebush swallowtail and great pictures. I saw a beautiful Tiger swallowtail at my mom’s in Ct a couple of weeks ago. You need to visit Jamaica Bay, although it has been too hot some days to bird the migrants are starting to come through.

5 08 2010
Dawn Fine

Howdee
here the info

Check out the link below and let me know if you would like to join us for a bird outing.

Birders who blog, tweet and chirp
August 28th, The Charlestown Breachway and Ninigret Tidal Flats

http://dawnandjeffsblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/bwbtc-charlestown-breachway-and.html

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