This Ruby-Throated Hummingbird braved the rainstorm to guard its feeder from other hummingbirds. There is always something interesting going on in nature-even in the rain.
June 21. Spring ends and summer begins. The Poppy opens to gather sunlight, the Hooded Warbler sings under the hardwood canopy, and American Toads gather in a roadside pool. Summer begins.
The instructor identified the bird singing as a Dark-eyed Junco. This caught my attention since I only see these birds in winter and expect them to be breeding in Canada during the spring and summer months. Then I remembered that our group was in a Red Spruce forest on a mountain top at nearly 3000 feet. Hearing the Junco's song and seeing one in late spring was a first for me.
It looked like a stick on the side of the road. Closer inspection revealed a colorful and motionless Eastern Milksnake. Some people mistake this snake for a Copperhead and kill it. The Eastern Milksnake is not venomous and helps to keep rodent numbers down. When you see snakes warming up on the road consider their role in the ecosystem and drive around them instead of over them.
Explore the outdoors with Daniel
Photographs, musings and observations. (Click on images to enlarge.)