While doing a trip to Lindsay Jeff (my son) & l decided on the way home to do a trip around the Cardin area. It was a beautiful morning and all was well. As lunch time approached the skies got darker. We had been having a lot of rain in the days before and it was very wet. And the roads were terrible. We saw lots of species. Most were still feeding nestling's so we didn't see any fledglings out. But we sure heard some hungry babes inside the nest boxes and on the ground. Parent birds flitting all over trying to keep those hungry babies fed and full. No shortage of bugs for them to feed on. That is of coarse after the bugs fed on us. With the rain hanging around the mosquitos were fearce. We saw some good numbers of butterflies as well. This one l believe is a brown eyed wood nymph.
A butterfly l have not seen to much of this year which worries me is the beautiful monarch. l have only seen 6 this year so far.
This is a type of skipper butterfly. l think it is the European skipper,but not 100% sure.
There were literally 1000's of these little butterflies all over the roads at the puddles. l have never seen so many butterflies ever at one time in one place. The roads were covered. We tried to miss them but l know that was not possible. l even walked in front of the car for a while. Of coarse that was fine as l was bird watching too. But there was to many. l would of had to walk miles on end. So Jeff crawled along and most of them scattered. This photo was just a 12 inch square and it continued for ever.
Cardin is also known for it's flowers. This day was one we won't soon forget. We saw and heard so much. But when the sky's turned and we heard one rumble we knew we had to head out. Although slow as the roads were awful. When we got on the highway again. We heard that a 5.0 earthquake had happened coming from Quebec and felt all the way to Toronto. We felt nothing. That was at 1:30 pm. We walked in the house at 6:30 and my husband had the radio on. Well if they weren't talking about Midland being declared a disaster. An F2 tornado had touched down in the southern end of Midland and they were totaled. But no injures. Wow. What a day. And were did it head afterwards. Karwarthas,right were we had come from. Oh what a day is right!!