One of several song sparrows enjoying the same shallow pool as the goldfinches, in the Butterfly Meadow.
Spotted Ladybeetle (Coleomegilla maculata)
Seeking the warm sun on the side of the building where the surface reflects the sun`s heat.
chipmunk enjoying his sunflower perch
Just before the red squirrel chased him off.
Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
The chipmunk was enjoying the bounty of seeds when he suddenly scampered down the stem and away. A few moments later, the red squirrel in the next photo appeared.
Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
This is the fierce little guy who chased away the chipmunk from this sunflower seedhead and then proceeded to gorge on it!
American goldfinch bathing
A series of shots showing this goldfinch bathing in the long shallow water feature in the Butterfly Meadow. At times there were 5 or more goldfinches and several song sparrows having a bath or just drinking.
A fine water spray as this female swims away after a good shake!
Lots of mallards and a few black ducks on the pond, with great splashing, chasing and submerging beneath the water, before heading to the raft to preen.
Autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)
The warm wood of the bridge over the pond was attracting many meadowhawks to perch and soak up the warmth.
Autumn meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum)
There were numerous meadowhawks around, including several mating pairs. If the weather stays mild, these dragonflies may be seen into November.
Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Looking north toward the ravine and Backyard Garden, from the service road that winds through the site.
This dead tree sports big clusters of these polypores each autumn.