Beautiful American Copper Butterfly On Cape Cod


The American Copper butterflies are so colorful with their vibrant orange and black colors. I saw this American Copper at Fort Hill on the side of the trail. I almost missed it as when their wings are closed up they are a light grey with tiny black dots. It’s only when they open their wings that you can see the beautiful orange and black.

American Copper butterflies are small, only about 1″ with orange forewings and about 8 black dots and a black outer edge.

Have you ever seen an American Copper butterfly?

Family Of Northern Flickers In Our Yard On Cape Cod


I was out in the yard early this morning when I heard the call of Northern Flickers everywhere. I looked up in the tree and there were 5 of them… 2 adults and 3 smaller ones,. They looked too big to be chicks but they were all hanging out together so maybe they were parents and chicks? The small ones were pretty big, but Northern Flickers are pretty big too.

They were bantering back and forth and flying back and forth for a while when this smaller one landed on our birdbath for a drink of water.

He’s just beautiful, don’t you think?

Bluebirds Still In Our Bluebird House On Cape Cod


When do Bluebirds leave their birdhouses for good?  Is it when they fledge?

I keep seeing this little Bluebird sticking its head out of the hole looking around. I’m not sure if there are other little ones in there too. And maybe this is a different one each time. I think they fledged a couple of weeks ago.

So I wondered if Bluebirds go back to their bird house at night  after they have fledged? And for how long? Does anyone know the answers to these questions? Everything that I have read says that Bluebirds do not go back to their nest or birdhouse once they have fledged.

A dilemma for sure… Hmmm…

“Bobwhite In Flight” At Fort Hill On Cape Cod


I was at Fort Hill looking for some butterflies and wildflowers when I saw these two birds come out from the woods onto the trail. It was a good thing I had my camera out and ready because I only got one shot and this is it.

There used to be many Bobwhites in the state but they have dwindled over the years. There are still at least two at Fort Hill!

Pretty cool, don’t you think?

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