Sunday, June 12, 2016

North-Going and South-Going Mockingbirds

My contibution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #130.
This is a sweat bee on a thistle flower, I believe (my guess is Halictus ligatus).

Here's an Ashburn chippie:

And a Peck's Skipper:

I'm also contributing to Anni's I'd Rather B' Birdin'. This pair of mockingbirds were having a face-off on the access to the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Every once in a while, they'd fly 3 or 4 feet up in the air, but still face to face and not giving an inch.

They reminded me of The Zax by Dr. Seuss:

The day before today,One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax.
And it happened that both of them came to a place
Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.

Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.
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24 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

enjoyed

(even with the names...chuckle)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great post. I love the mockers, the chippie and the skipper. Dr. Seuss is cool! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Anni said...

Love the Seuss addition....and the FACE OFF of the mockingbirds. What great timing in that capture.

Thanks so much for dropping by to add your link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this time 'round...it's always appreciated.

Denise inVA said...

Lovely little critters, great photos and a fun addition at the end.

TexWisGirl said...

too funny!

Irma said...

Lovely little critters.
I love the mockers, the chippie and the skipper.
Best regards, Irma

Bob Bushell said...

Funny at the end. Brilliant images.

Nancy Chan said...

Cute critters. I enjoyed your post very much!

jandi said...

Awesome images! And love the humour at the end! Have a beautiful week!

Rajesh said...

Very pretty flowers.

Phil Slade said...

You sure know your insects. Like those mockingbirds squaring up for a ding-dong.

Ringing birds is a very quick process, less than minute to age, sex, ring, weigh and release. I'm sure the birds have no lasting memory of this, otherwise why would we catch resident birds many times? Most migratory birds we see on the one occasion only unless someone many miles away recaptures one.

Tomoko said...

Lovely images! Especially you captured such a sweet squirrel on the wood!

Michelle said...

LOVE Dr. Suess!

Karen S. said...

A most happy and wonderful post! I wonder what those two birds are saying to each other? Your color in nature is simply lovely to see here.

Debbie said...

hehehe, dr. suess, i am such a huge fan!! nice captures!!!

DougPhoto2009 said...

Splendid skipper. The Dr. was the best. Thanks for sharing.

Alexia said...

What a pressy thittle! I love the chippie on the log, and the mockingbirds are great.

Cloudia said...

You are the go-to guy for chipmunks!

edenhills said...

Nice assortment of critters! Love the chipmunk.

NatureFootstep said...

todays smile :)

Linda Gross said...

Pretty butterfly

Jim H. said...

Great description of the birds. Dr. Seuss is a bonus.

Sharon Wagner said...

Ha! That's a funny way of looking at the photo. Great correlation.

Nora said...

Love your butterfly! Just saw my first skipper today. Love that little chipmunk, we don't have them where I live.