Insects July CP

A short trip to Central Park netted these insects. I spotted these at the south end of the lake where there is a wildflower patch and nature trail. The excellent entomologists at www.bugguide.net helped me identify the Drone Fly. The rest I figured out on my own.

Drone Fly (Eristalis arbustorum) female, Central Park 7/26/2017
Drone Fly (Eristalis arbustorum) female, Central Park 7/26/2017
American Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta), Central Park 7/26/2017
American Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta), Central Park 7/26/2017
Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea), Central Park 7/26/2017
Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea), Central Park 7/26/2017
Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) male, Central Park 7/26/20
Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) male, Central Park 7/26/20
Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) female, Central Park 7/26/
Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) female, Central Park 7/26/20

Orienteering in Central Park

Friday, July 28, 2017– Orienteering in Central Park led by Sherry Felix for The Linnaean Society of New York

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Orienteering Compass

When you head into regions unknown in search of a special bird, you may think you can rely on your cell phone’s map and compass apps—but batteries die and GPS signals fade. This is why finding one’s way using a traditional compass and understanding how to read topographic maps is still vital. Join former urban park ranger and Audubon environmental educator Sherry Felix in the Ramble as she reviews map scales, symbols, and contours as well as basic compass bearings—plus a few ways to navigate without any aids at all.

If you can, bring a compass with a transparent plastic plate and download and print the Central-Park-Orienteering-map-2017

Meet at the northeast corner of 77th Street and Central Park West at 6:30 pm.

Flowers CP July

Same hot day I photographed the insects in Central Park. There are are quite a few wildflower beds around the park. The Conservatory Garden is good for flowers too. I love the bokeh on the Nikon 105 mm f 1:208 Micro lens. No special effects. OK, so the last one is a tree.

Insects CP July

Went to Central Park yesterday. It was hot so I moved slowly. I dusted the small bee-like fly (only 5 mm) with stars, the rest are as photographed.

May Birds 2

Last one of a set of 4 posts. The Grey Catbirds arrived in what seemed like one day. The little female Scarlet Tanager looks exhausted by the journey. It is getting very hot, time for baths. On May 16th, there was a huge termite hatch out in New York after the rains. This coincided with a record number of warblers (did they know this?). A feast was had by all. This starling kept coming for beakfulls at a time for its family. The bullfrog may have been hoping for a careless warbler to fly by.

May Birds 1

These are some of the larger migrants. Some will stay. Blue Jays are in Central Park year-round. I managed to capture a liquid drop at the end of the Oriole’s bill while it was feeding on the Tulip Tree blossoms. Nighthawks are rarely seen. Word got out, and we flocked to see it in a tree overlooking Azalea Pond.

 

May Warblers 2

Here is the second set. I need to get out there and photograph some more before Spring migration is over.