A green grasshopper (Caelifera) sitting on a purple coneflower (Enchinacea purpurea). A grasshopper holding on to the Leaf of a purple coneflower in the flower garden. A grasshopper sitting on the leaf of a purple coneflower plant. A grasshopper holding on to the head of a purple coneflower. A grasshopper holding on to the stem […]
Nature & Wildlife
This category contains posts that are related to the nature and wildlife found where I live. I write about birds, insects, animals and the
beauty in nature that surrounds me.
The Grasshopper is an insect in the suborder (Caelifera) with in the order (Orthoptera) which consists of jumping insects. Grasshoppers are found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, semi-arid regions and lowland tropical forests. Grasshopper colors can range from green to olive to brown and can also have red or yellow markings. A grasshopper […]
A juvenile American robin (Turdus migratorius) in the yard. A male yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) clinging to a tree in the backyard. A female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perching on a fence during the early summer in Maine. A male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) perching on a fence in New England. A chipping sparrow (Spizella […]
A bumblebee (Bombus) feeding from a malva flower. A bumblebee on a pink rhododendron flower (Ericales). A late spring bumblebee feeding from a white wild celery flower (Apium graveolens). A bumblebee landing on a pink malva flower. A bumblebee feeding from a rhododendron flower. A bumblebee feeding from a purple clover (Trifolium).
Here are just a few photographs of one of my American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) visitors. A side view of an American red squirrel also referred to as pine squirrels, North American red squirrels, boomers And chickarees. A close-up of an American red squirrel in Maine during the winter. An American red squirrel a year-round […]
The following photographs are of just a few of the frequent avian visitors that come to the feeders on a daily basis. I provide these little guys with a variety of foods to keep them going through our harsh Maine winters. A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) sitting on a wooden post in the falling snow. […]
A few of these tracks in the snow are from animals that have come into the property near the house, while other tracks are from deeper in the woods. We live close to several snowmobile trails as well and there are always fresh animal tracks to be seen in these areas. The following photographs were […]
The hummingbird (Hemaris), is a frequent visitor in flower gardens. To the untrained eye, these insects are often mistakenly identified as hummingbirds (Trochilidae). This particular hummingbird moth was feeding on the nectar of the annual phlox plants (Polemoniaceae), in the gardens during September. A hummingbird moth drinking the nectar from pink phlox (Polemoniaceae) with its […]
The eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), is one of the earliest migrating birds to return in the spring. These particular eastern phoebes come back every year and build their nests inside the garage or in the back of the house. An eastern phoebe perching on a cut piece of wood in the early spring. An eastern […]
For a couple of years now, we have had a groundhog take up residence under the shed in the backyard during the late spring and summer. This year would be quite different. One day, the groundhog was coming through the backyard from the front, but she wasn’t alone. She had babies with her and they […]