A Day At The Zoo

It was a beautiful fall day at the BioPark in Albuquerque, NM

The city of Albuquerque and the NM BioPark Society presents:

River of Lights…A holiday light show

November 24th – December 30th

I took the picture below when they were still putting up the lights so I only got a teaser of what it was going to be like. I can’t wait to go. I’ve been told it’s awesome.

Butterflies Are Beautiful

I love Butterflies!

…and here are a few pictures that I have taken of butterflies and moths in Sandia Park New Mexico.

This butterfly was identified as a Two-tailed Swallowtail by BAMONA, the Butterflies and Moths of North America project.  Here is a link to the recorded sighting:

Misc butterfly and moth photos:

Not a butterfly but a cool capture of a moth on a pretty weed

Our First Hummingbird Arrived

Our first hummingbird arrived on April 12th.  It was a nice surprise because I didn’t think they would be here for at least another week or so.

I have to take the pictures of them through the window for now.  Hopefully they will let me get closer after they’ve been here for awhile.

I thought the wine bottle shaped feeder was cute, I found it at Walmart for $3.97.   I’m going to hang it out back outside my kitchen window after I get another one to replace the one out front.  The hummingbirds have no trouble finding this feeder.

     

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

It is a very simple recipe of 1 part ordinary white cane sugar to 4 parts water.  Some say to boil the mixture but I never have.  If your water is good enough for you to drink it should be safe for the hummingbirds.  If you do boil the mixture do not boil for more than 2 minutes because the water will evaporate and change the ratio of the water and sugar.  If it has a higher sugar content it could attract ants and bees and other insects.

I used 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water for my mixture because I didn’t want to make a lot, but you can make more and store it in the refrigerator.  It can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Happy bird watching!

…and more bird pics coming soon 🙂