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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wildlife in Scarsdale

Dear readers around the corner and around the globe,

 I thought you might be interested in wildlife pictures I have taken over the years, right here in Scarsdale, most in our backyard on Lockwood Road:

Portrait of a Praying Mantis.

 Giant Swallowtail ( Papilio cersphontes according to gardenswithwings.com ). 
Photographed August 31, 2014.

 Pipevine Swallowtail. ( Battus Philenor ) Possibly a female, due to lack of iridescence. Summer 2013.

Black Swallowtail caterpillar. Papilio Polyxenes Fabricius.

A caterpillar, August 11, 2015. Lockwood Road

Candy striped leaf hopper or Graphocephala coccinea

Moth or Butterfly (?), July 3, 2014

Another caterpillar, July 8, 2014
Carolina wren on homemade suet.

Female red cardinal

Woodpecker and Carolina Chikadee on home-made suet.


Evening grosbeak- all males ( Coccothraustes vespertinus )  visiting my yard post Storm Sandy. November 2012.

 American Goldfinch, in Hibiscus, July 2014. Bottom third of the plant, middle.

Carol's Fritallary. Speyeria Carolae

American goldfinch. Spinus tristis

  August 2013

The caterpillar is right in the flower. One o'clock position of the hour dial, in birders' language.

The egret preening in white, in the middle of the picture here. August 2013.

Our resident bunny, July 2014.

Above two from September 2012.

All wildlife is disturbed if not totally evicted of their nests each time an addition, a new home goes up and disrupts their environment as well as ours of course. I am not saying we should not live in houses, but everything in moderation. Life without wildlife would be pretty miserable. 

I think they add so much to our quality of life here in the suburbs. But like everything else, that we value we have to value their presence and uphold their existence and protect them from the developer that at times knows no boundaries moral or environmental...

Last revised  8:13 a.m. EST, Tuesday February 12th, 2018.

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