Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bald Eagle sighting!

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Originally uploaded by jendlit
I was on my way to pick my son up from school on Friday when a huge bird flew down to snack on the dead racoon in the middle of the road. I couldn't believe my eyes as I got closer and realized it was a bald eagle. Luckily, my camera was on the seat next to me, so I grabbed it and just started shooting. I was very relieved that the manual settings I had my camera set to, were perfect and that it was in focus ~ it happened so fast. This was the first eagle I've ever seen out of captivity ~ my heart was pounding! I hoped to get a second chance on my way back home, but there was too much traffic on the road for him to return. Talk about perfect timing!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Mexico bound ~

She's on her way ~  the weather conditions today were perfect for releasing the monarch.  The sun was shining, the wind was lightly blowing, and the temperature was well above 60°.  It didn't take her long to stretch her wings and fly.  I took her out of the critter keeper and placed her on a profusely blooming mum.  She immediately took to the skies.  She flew straight up in the air, flew around the large oak tree, and then flew about 60' across the front yard to rest at the top of a dogwood tree.  She rested there for about 30 minutes and then went on her way.  I hope she makes it to Mexico safely.  I wish the tags they use had a GPS microchip in them so that we could track them.  I'm sure someday they'll come up with something like that.  I can't wait until next summer when I can start rearing more monarchs and possibly a few other kinds of butterflies.  I plan on planting more "host" plants in my flowerbeds in the spring~
Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lucy has arrived!

My first experience with rearing a monarch from a caterpillar was a success!  Photos will be added to the post on Monarchs (see side labels or posts from September 2010)!  It was an amazing experience watching the caterpillar that I found on a milkweed plant on the side of the road, turn into a beautiful monarch butterfly!