But we were about a week ago.
We walked out to the lighthouse..
It was all over the beach, washed in from the storm the day before.
We did see an Eider that was alone and seemed to be injured.
We also so a few Painted Ladys
Thanks Corey and friends for your ID and information.
Corey Husic Yep, some things to look for on these two species:
When the wings are open (and sometimes visible with wings closed) there is a white spot surrounded by orange on the outside of each of the forewings on an American. Painted don't have this mark. Also, on the outside of the hindwings, Painted Ladies have four smallish, evenly-sized eyespots, where as Americans have two very large eye spots. This pattern is mirrored (although harder to distinguish) when the wings are open. However, I think that little white dots on Americans is the easiest field mark!
I have a photo of an American and some Painted with wings open at this link:
Chris Durden *Vanessa cardui* the most widspread butterfly in the world!
Love my Cyber friends!
It was a great afternoon at the beach, even though we didn’t catch any fish.
I bet this gull had more luck with the fish than we had…
After several appointments to the Chiropractor my neck pain is gone, my vertigo is gone. *Knocking on wood* I can now concentrate and read. I have several more appointments scheduled.
Its Freezing Cold this morning in Connecticut!
We don’t plan on heading south until the end of October…hummm
Stay warm, wherever you are!