First Monarch Danaus plexippus
of the Year
Laurel Creek C.A.
18 September 2013
On a walk through Laurel Creek C.A. Miriam and I were delighted, nay thrilled even, to see our first Monarch of the year. Much has been written about the absence of this species in central and eastern North America this year, and this is our only sighting.
A couple of Wild Turkeys Meleagris gallopavo scurried off as soon as we spotted them, or more likely as soon as they spotted us!
Five Turkey Vultures Cathartes aura effortlessly rode a thermal overhead, although we could never capture more than four of them in the same picture.
The Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps chicks are now as big as their parents, but are still willing to accept a food delivery.
This male Mallard Anas platyrynchos in eclipse plumage revealed his diagnostic speculum.