Four items from the Land of Flying Things:
1) The summit of Spruce Mountain was swarming with fledglings this
morning, a delightful cacophony of birds. Nothing out of the ordinary,
except for Black-throated Blue Warbler (out of habitat but not
unexpected in spruce-fir woods in late summer and fall). Over all,
during the walk, Ruth and I noted eight warbler species.
2) Yes, indeed, we've got an unprecedented number of Giant Swallowtails
in Vermont (and other points north) this year. We do indeed have a
VTLEPS discussion group on the UVM server:
http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=VTLEPS. Here's my last blog post on
these spectacular butterflies, more photographic than verbal (scroll
Finally, you can submit your butterfly records to a site called
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA):
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/. It's a bit like eBird for leps, but
you'll need a photo of the critter you report.
3) My monthly BETTER BIRDING lecture series is on summer vacation for
August. I'll resume in September with a talk on watching hawks.
4) The latest edition of my micro-newsletter FIELD NOTES is now
appearing on the interwebs: http://tinyurl.com/c4uonkx
5) Finally, THIS EVENING IN MONTPELIER at 6PM, I'll host an artist
reception for my exhibit of nature photography at Kellogg-Hubbard
Library. I'll also run an ongoing slide show of about 200 images that
aren't in the exhibit. Oh, let's not forget the real reason to come:
incredible baked goods. Here's a short note on the event: