Untamed Land

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dan's Yellowstone plus

A beautiful fritillary butterfly visits a clover flower. There are many similar species of frittillary. Who knows which species this may be?
Judging by the size of this butterfly in relation to the clover, this one is dwarfed by the fritillary. Like the fritillaries, there are many species of blue butterflies. This one is particularly tiny. It may be a Western Pygmy Blue.
A ubiquitous swallow in much of North America; the Violet-green Swallow. It is very similar to a Tree Swallow, but the white eyebrow distinguishes it from the Tree Swallow. There are also white patches on the  upper sides of its rump which the Tree Swallow lacks.
American White Pelicans are the largest of Yellowstone's birds. 
Not a chipmunk. This is a young, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel. 
Who can guess which geyser this is?
That's it for Yellowstone. Dan did'nt give me enough photos of the place. He does not take very many photos. This week I made it over to Westchester Lagoon and the Coastal Trail for the first time since May.
A Belted Kingfisher. Too far away for a good photo. Notice that the leaves behind it are starting to turn yellow. Fall is definitely in the air.
Mallards and other ducks are in their eclipse plumage. Most species of duck have already migrated out of here.
An attractive American Widgeon.
I love the speckling on the head of this female/ immature bird.
A pair of trumpeter Swans at Spenard Crossing. Too far away, and in dim light so the quality of the photo leaves much to be desired. At least it was not raining while I was there. There has been near constant rain around here for weeks. Typical for this time of year.


Maggie said...

How beautiful that Kingfisher would be silhouetted against yellow leaves! Perhaps you could persuade him to pose again once the leaves have finished turning.

Steve's Bird Blog said...

Beautiful pictures John. My wife and I were recently in Afton Wyoming and took a short hike. The trail we were on had a lot of the fritillary butterflies. I was hoping to find the name and then saw your post. Thanks for your comments on my blog I was glad to have the name of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. I have learned many things from you through your blog. Thank You