I’m leading a field trip of nature/photography enthusiasts in a couple of weeks, and thought I should check on what there is to see in the area we will visit on our walk. It’s amazing how much (more) you can see by just standing still and waiting for wildlife to fly, walk, or swim by. To illustrate, I just stood quietly near a patch of wildlflowers in a grassy field and spotted the following:
Small orange butterflies flitting sort of limply over the wildflowers and rarely pausing to sit — Common Ringlets, in the same family as Monarchs, and the same subfamily as brown Wood Satyrs.
A tiger Swallowtail butterfly was feeding on Vetch flowers.
A female 12-spotted Skimmer perched while hunting in the meadow.
Numerous Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonflies coursed over the path and out in the meadow. I think this one is a female. The male has a dark abdomen with just one spot on the dorsal surface of the abdomen.
Song Sparrows sang loudly from tree perches at various points around the meadow.
Yellow Warblers staked out just about every other tree in the grassy meadow, singing “sweet, sweet, I’m so sweet” over and over.
There was more…but that’s enough for this post.