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Butterflies Courtship and Nest Building

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Temperatures reached in the 60’s yesterday with my first butterfly of the year “Mourning Cloak” (CHECK), courtship displays from Red-shouldered Hawks, and American Crows gathering nesting material. True signs that spring has finally arrived.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

I also saw my first of the year Ring-necked Ducks (CHECK) in Red House Lake along with Pied-billed Grebe’s, Bufflehead’s and Common Mergansers. Hooded Mergansers, Woodduck’s and Mallards were found in many of the beaver ponds yesterday.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

It should be interesting to see what today’s amazing weather brings!


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3 responses

  1. Ahhh..Happy Spring!

    20 March 2010 at 4:08 pm

  2. I saw this post title and thought “A pair of butterflies building a nest? I’m so confused…”

    Good to see spring is arriving in WNY. I’ll be following it north from Florida pretty soon.

    20 March 2010 at 8:52 pm

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    Ain’t nachure grand.

    20 March 2010 at 9:01 pm

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