I had never seen one of these before, but I had wandered to the back of the Bread Loaf main grounds looking to sharpen my photography skills by trying to photograph swallows. I wandered back to a stream and a dirt road, and lo and behold: an Indigo Bunting. I had heard of the bird before, but I hadn’t realized they were indigenous to New England, and I was taken aback.
jays and the Eastern Bluebirds, but it was my extraordinary joy to find this brilliant little guy singing his heart out.
He was very skittish and retreated to his bush (above) whenever I got close enough for a decent photo, but if I moved far enough away and was still, he came back to the wire to keep declaring his territory.
Tree Swallow taking a break on the Bread Loaf volleyball net before heading back out for another snack.
old friend, the Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda).
(Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus)