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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Windy weather here

I hate windy weather so am hanging out indoors the last couple of days. Brian, my butterfly guru, sent me a recent baby pic of his baby Ornythion Swallowtail along with a comparable Western Giant Swallowtail that he collected in Fronton, TX on his recent trip to the valley. I'm determined to get there next summer at some point to photograph odes and butterflies.

Ornythion Swallowtail

Western Giant Swallowtail

In six days they grew a lot. The Western Giant has now been separated into a separate species from the Giant Swallowtail. I hope they turn into beautiful butterflies but there's still a lot of time left for things to go wrong.

Yesterday Kelly and I went on our hummingbird banding route. We didn't see one hummer at Lajitas. At our site three miles south of CMO we saw three Lucifers but none would go into the trap. I'm sure they had previously been banded and knew better. At CMO we only saw two Anna's and "old man Lucifer." Caught one of the Anna's, a recapture from last year. We will probably only attempt to band one or two more time this year. Hopefully, some calypte species (Anna's & Costa's) will show up next month. This will conclude the 8th year of the 10 year project. Be sure and check out Kelly's website if you haven't yet. On the drop down Activities menu are the annual reports. This year's report won't be added until January.

This weekend we plan to go to Black Gap and I plan to go to Austin a couple of days at Christmas time. But of course, life is what happens when you're making plans.

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