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  

Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies
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.
More info @

 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

See American Tree Sparrow @