Journal September 20, 2004

It’s been a warm, windy weekend with lots of deer and turkeys in the fields.
We’ve been trying out the new camera – it’s great – very sharp pictures, and easy to zoom in on things. We surprised several deer and a family of turkeys in the fields on top of the hill.

And we watched a flock of cedar waxwings.

The most interesting creature we photographed was a moth – sitting on what looked like a cocoon on a stalk of horsetail. It was about 1 1/2 inches long. It had a very hairy face and legs – an odd looking creature. I’ve since found out that it is a Large Tolype (Tolype velleda), and its caterpillars eat apple, ask, birch, and many other trees.

There are still lots of hummingbirds buzzing around and eating the sugar water – they are mostly females, or maybe young males. Here’s one taken with the new camera:

We walked by Tractor Meadow just as it was getting really dark, and watched 4 bats swooping across it, silhouetted against the sky – they were moving pretty fast, so we didn’t even try to take a picture.