August 2020

     Our world is very green in August, and it's been green so long that we might forget about the earthy shades of autumn, the graytones of winter, and the pastels of spring.  This is when we see young birds out exploring the world along with some early southbound migrants.  Summer flowers and butterflies are still conspicuous and the first Mexico-bound monarch butterflies show up, mixing with the members of the years penultimate generation.  It's a vibrant, fecund month.

Young birds, left to right: Osprey, Red-headed Woodpecker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Summer birds.  Above, Semipalmated Sandpiper, left, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Below, left to right: Ovenbird, American Redstart, Worm-eating Warbler.

Clockwise from above: Prairie Warbler with katydid, Sanderling, Adult Least Tern, Juvenlie Least Tern, Tufted Titmouse, Red-eyed Vireo, Great Crested Flycatcher.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Juveline Northern Mockingbird

Marsh Mallow

Horse Mint

Marsh Pink

Rose Mallow

Red-spotted Purple



Purple Martins over the marshes of the Maurice River

August thunderstorm