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To all those interested in the natural world. Please add your sightings.

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson

Best-Lynn

Thursday, April 26, 2018

4-26 Trout Lily

4-26
Trout Lily are starting to flower, a few bluets are poking up, and Mayflowers crown sunny banks and ledges with clusters of pale pink flowers.
John
Trout Lily

Bluet

Mayflower

Mayflower

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

4-24 Round-leaved Violets

4-24
Round-leaved Violets, the earliest of our many violet species, can be seen flowering in dry woods.
Red Trillium is not far behind.
John
Round-leaved Violet

Red Trillium

Sunday, April 22, 2018

4-22 Broad-winged hawk

4-22
Broad-winged hawks that winter in Central and South America are back in New England.
Wild Strawberries have opened a few flowers. (I always find a few ripe berries by late May.)
An angle-winged butterfly called The Grey Comma is flying, but too fast for me to capture a picture.
And a few Spring Beauties are up!
John
Broad-winged hawk

Wild Strawberries

Spring Beauties

Saturday, April 21, 2018

4-21 Mourning Cloak Butterfly

4-21
Mourning Cloak butterflies were airborne today. I saw at least four.
One of the Solitary Bees was flitting back and forth across a sandy patch.
And a Pileated Woodpecker was working diligently on its nest cavity.
John
Mourning Cloak butterfly

Pileated Woodpecker excavating a nest cavity

Friday, April 20, 2018

4-20 spring blooms

4-20
Purple Dead Nettle, Gill-o'er-the-ground and Kidney-leaved Buttercup were all flowering today.
John
Purple Dead Nettle

Gill-o'er-the-Ground

Kidney-leaved Buttercup

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

4-18 Daphne

4-18
 The escaped shrub called Daphne is opening a few flowers.
European Field Pansy, an alien species, seen here propped up with a corn stalk, is also opening flowers.
And a cress? Perhaps Hairy Rock Cress (?) is getting an early start.
John
Daphne

European Field Pansy

Hairy Rock Cress (?)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4-18 Northern Flickers

4-18
There were 3 Northern Flickers at my feeders this morning.
John

Saturday, April 14, 2018

4-14 Palm Warblers

4-14
There were 3 Palm Warblers in the birch trees behind my house this morning!
John

Friday, April 13, 2018

4-13 Bloodroot

4-13
Bloodroot is coming up. Like many early spring species, flowers are up and open before leaves unfurl.
John

Thursday, April 12, 2018

4-12 Tree Swallows

4-12
Tree Swallows were checking out a nest box in my neighborhood today!
John