Connor has been working on various traps for some time now and lately he got a friends’ dad to help him build a wooden box trap. He and Rowan were pretty excited to catch a deer mouse and brought it home for me to take some pictures of.
I noticed this pair of yellow feathers drifting slowly down outside my window this evening. I’m not sure where they came from, but my guess is a warbler got caught (or maybe only nearly caught) by a raptor.
This time of year, yellow underwing moths (Noctua pronuba) can be abundant in the light trap. A neighborhood Steller’s Jay likes to eat them if they are set out on the rail.
Photos of some moths recently captured in a light trap at the house.
Had a chance to get out with a couple of visitors on a tour with Jim Seeland of Sitka Sound Tours. They were interested in seeing birds out on the water and so Jim asked me to come along. The weather wasn’t particularly pleasant out in the sound, so we stuck to inside waters south of town where I was able to photograph this Tufted Puffin in Redoubt Bay.
Went for a hike up Indian River valley to take care of the ibuttons. It was a very soggy day. Found a couple of things that prompted me to pull out the camera despite the abundance of rain – a common plant in an unusual (for it) location, and a fungus I don’t remember having seen before.