July 21, 2017
From a Small Butterfly to a Mourning Dove

While my wife (Elsie) and I were visiting three of our children and their families in Pennsylvania (USA) over the July 8-12 weekend, I caught this White Cabbage Butterfly at my brother's home in Strasburg. I was glad to have captured this one clearly. 

white cabbage butterfly with wings spread

White Cabbage Butterfly (Note markings on the topside of the wings) (10-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

white cabbage butterfly with wings folded 

White Cabbage Butterfly with Wings Folded (Note the yellow cast to the underside of the wings) (10-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

A week earlier I found this Mourning Dove on the electrical wire across the back of our yard. I am guessing that the bulge on its back is from its tail feathers being bent downward to provide the necessary balance for staying on the wire. Anyone else have any idea?

a mourning dove on an electrical wire 

Back View of a Mourning Dove on an Electrical Wire (3-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

The next six photos are of house finches and house sparrows--two very common bird types at our feeders.

a male house finch on an electrical wire 

Male House Finch against a Bright Sky (5-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

female and male house finch 

Female and Male House Finch Feeding (5-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

male house finch with full mouth 

Male House Finch Gets His Fill of Food in Late Afternoon (7-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a house sparrow looks for its food 

What Is It? A Female House Sparrow Buried Looking for Food? (16-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a male house sparrow checks out his surroundings 

A Jaunty House Sparrow Checks Out His World (14-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a female house sparrow ponders the food 

What Is This Female House Sparrow Pondering (7-Jul-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

While no spectacular photos this time, I do enjoy the antics of our feathered friends and being able to capture some good photos of a small butterfly.

© 2014-17, Richard L. Bowman

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