getting some nectar

While visiting my grandmother today I took some time to investigate what bugs were hanging out on her lilac bushes. There were lots of cool bugs, but nothing could top this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

and again…

It was such a gorgeous specimen that I followed it when it flew to the other lilac bush!

same buttefly, different bush

A day with the family, food, butterflies, and lilacs. I really don’t have much to complain about…except that I heard both Carolina Wren and Fish Crow while I was visiting my folks. That was enough to drive me crazy considering we missed both species yesterday on the Century Run!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.