We began the month at our second home in northeastern Illinois. On September 8 Mary Lou and I were "Birding Bliss"-- Bliss Woods, that is, in nearby Sugar Grove, Illinois. One of my first photos was from the little bridge at the beginning of the trail, and it included a superb REFLECTION!
That was great luck, so early in the month's archives. That day we saw quite a few Wood Warblers, among them this Cape May Warbler (September 8, 2012):
We returned to Florida a few days later but, as usual, it took us a few days to catch up on shopping, medical appointments and all the other distractions that accompany a change of station. On our first day afield in our local wetlands (September 19, 2012) we encountered a beautiful male Prairie Warbler:
Another warbler, an inquisitive Northern Waterthrush suddenly flew up from the understory:
A reclusive female Common Yellowthroat peered out from the foliage (September 20):
More forthcoming, a male yellowthroat sported a black mask (September 24):
Also on September 24, an active monochromic Black-and-white Warbler lacked only one color,...
... exhibited by the aptly named Yellow-throated Warbler.
On the same colorful morning, a male Northern Cardinal:
One sought-after butterfly (and the best MACRO I could find) appeared on September 23, a Ruddy Daggerwing:
Another close-up, this time of lichens on Pond Cypress, September 23:
Sunrise from our back patio on September 22 finally provides us with our SKY shot...
...and a pink sky shot on September 27 actually did show the gate into our birding patch...
...but we had to go all the way to September 28 before finding a photo containing a bona fide FENCE. That was a narrow escape from failure!
Linking to Misty's CAMERA CRITTERS,
Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,
Linking to GOOD FENCES by Tex (Theresa).
Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James
Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart
Linking to I Heart Macro by Laura
Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display