Adirondack Chronicles 2022.6: Birds, Berries, Bugs and Butterflies
Of all the beautiful birds in the Forest Preserve, my favorite is the cedar waxwing — a handsome bird with a zorro–like mask, lovely crest, elegant gray cloak on top and yellow underbelly, with red and yellow tipped wings. But what I like best about the cedar waxwing is its unabashed zest for chowing down on serviceberries, which are abundant at this time of year up here.
Of course, other birds like the juicy red berries as well, even the common robins:
And the tiny sparrow:
While the birds are feasting on the berry bushes, the butterflies and other insects are all over the wildflowers along the sides of streams …
The orange butterflies above and below are fritilleries:
Not to be confused with the great monarchs in their final glories ….
In other wild news, the fawns are now allowed out on their own, so of course they frolic in traffic along the back roads:
And the grumpy frogs just sit there wondering why nobody pays them much attention…
Tomorrow I head back to DC, but the wonderful trove of photos of the “wild things” will make me smile all through the rest of the year as I remember the lovely and peaceful days in the forest and along the lakes and streams of the Adirondacks.