August 29, 2012

Notes and changes since last report

  • 70°F, clear and breezy at 12:00 PM.
  • Butterflies were dropping in number.
  • Warblers were getting confusing.
  • Leaves were getting a hint of color.


The Trails

  • There were a few yellow-collared scape moths in the front Old Hayfield this afternoon.
  • The Sedge Meadow Trail was the hot spot today with tricky warblers above, Carolina wrens around me, and common white-tail almost landing on me.
  • A katydid landed in front of me, too.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, five wild turkeys kept just ahead of me the whole way along the path.
  • Meadow fritillaries were to be seen several times today. I don't remember them this common or late in the season. I must check the records...
  • Goldenrods support so many different insects. I used the zoom lens to great advantage in examining one large, unusual wasp in particular.
  • A snowberry clearwing actually landed for a while to take in some sun.
  • The bench in the Old Pasture looked inviting today.
  • In the Norway Spruce Glade above the Fern Glen, I checked the tips of the shrubs for Zabulon skippers.
  • Yup, on the left side; let's zoom in.
  • The mud at the edge of the Fern Glen pond had four cabbage whites lapping up minerals.
  • Deep in the shrub swamp section, a veery and I startled each other; it lingered a while.
  • Near the deck, a pair of mushrooms looked very chummy.
  • If it hadn't been for them I would have missed the coral fungus.
  • White turtle-head was blooming in a couple quiet corners.
  • The blossom is thought to resemble a turtle's head. Squeeze the cheeks and the mouth opens!
  • One little cardinal-flower was still blooming.
  • Heading back through the Old Gravel Pit, I came upon a pair of cabbage whites courting.
  • Milkweed along the edge of the Little Bluestem Meadow had several caterpillars including monarch and milkweed tussock moth.
  • Bluebirds at the end of the Scotch Pine Alleé were a nice finish for the walk today.
Yellow-collared scape moth
Common white-tail
Wild turkies
Meadow fritillary
Scary wasp
Snowberry clearwing
Inviting bench
Zabulon skipper
Zabulon skipper
Cabbage whites "puddling"
Chummy mushrooms
Coral fungus
Cabbage whites courting
Monarch caterpillar
Milkweed tussock moth caterpillar


  • 1 Turkey Vulture
  • 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Eastern Phoebe
  • 1 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 2 Blue Jay
  • 3 American Crow
  • 4 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 2 Carolina Wren
  • 2 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Veery
  • 1 Gray Catbird
  • 2 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Black-and-white Warbler
  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 4 Field Sparrow
  • 1 Northern Cardinal
  • 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 4 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 22 Cabbage White
  • 5 Clouded Sulphur
  • 8 Orange Sulphur
  • 2 American Copper
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 6 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 3 Meadow Fritillary
  • 8 Pearl Crescent
  • 1 Red Admiral
  • 3 Monarch
  • 2 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 2 Zabulon Skipper
  • 1 Snowberry Clearwing
  • 6 Yellow-collared scape moth
  • 1 Turtlehead

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