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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5-31 Sleepy Catchfly

The tiny flowers of Sleepy Catchfly are open. The stem of this species has a dark, sticky band, probably a defensive feature.
Fistulous Goatsbeard is lifting its head over fields and weed patches.
Sleepy Catchfly

Sleepy Catchfly's sticky stem

Fistulous Goatsbeard

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

5-30 Bristly Locust

Bristly Locust's pink pea-like flowers can be seen in roadside thickets. This species escaped from cultivation. It has also been widely used for erosion control and mine reclamation.
Hoary Allysum, a member of the mustard family, is starting to flower.
Black Medick flecks roadsides and ditches with yellow.
Bristly Locust

Hoary Allysum

Black Medick

Monday, May 29, 2017

5-29 Bluebirds

Our local Bluebirds have fledged their first brood but the young still expect to be fed.
The star-shaped flowers of Black Swallowwort cluster in leaf axils.
Virginia Waterleaf is at its flowering peak.
In Brattleboro, Black Locusts are dripping with white pea-like blossoms.
And in the woods the cone-like flower spikes of Oak Drops are poking up through the leaf litter.
Black Swallowwort

Virginia Waterleaf

Black Locust tree blossoms

Oak Drops

Sunday, May 28, 2017

5-28 White Clover

White Clover is starting to flower.
The first Yellow Irises of the year are opening.
And at Townshend Dam one adult Bald Eagle and one chick were on the nest. The chick is the darker bird to the right of the tree trunk.
White Clover

Yellow Iris

Adult Bald Eagle and chick

Saturday, May 27, 2017

5-27 Common Speedwell

Common Speedwell is in flower.
One of the Ragworts is also open. There are three other very similar ragworts.
And Flax is tipping its face to the sky. Flax seed probably arrives here  -  along with the seed of several other species - in conservation mix.
Common Speedwell



Friday, May 26, 2017

5-26 Garter Snake

A little Garter Snake blended nicely with the dead grasses and leaves - on a drier day.
Lance-leaved Violets are up. These are State listed as rare.
Deptford Pink brightens fields and weedy places.
And a close look at Red Clover shows details not normally noticed!
garter snake

Lance-leaved Violets

Deptford Pink

Red Clover

Thursday, May 25, 2017

5-25 Grove Sandwort

Grove Sandwort's tiny white flowers dot dry grassy banks.
Bunchberry is up in damper, richer woodland sites.
Dwarf Dandelions favor thin, sandy soils - often on ledges.
And, an oddity, a 'double' Moccasin Flower. Two blossoms on one stem! A first for me!
Grove Sandwort


Dwarf Dandelion

'Double' Moccasin Flower

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5-24 Yellow Hawkweed

Common Yellow Hawkweed is starting to open flowers.
Showy Blackberry flowers and demure Raspberry flowers frost thickets.
And Blue-eyed Grass adds a bit of color to fields.
Yellow Hawkweed

Blackberry flowers

Raspberry flower

Blue-eyed Grass

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5-23 Pineapple Weed

Pineapple-weed, so named for its odor is cropping up in waste places.
Alternate-leaved Dogwood is flowering in thickets.
The four-petaled flowers of Dame's Rocket may be purple, pink or white. Like many four-petaled flowers Dame's Rocket is a member of the mustard family.
And One-flowered Cancerroot - a parasitic species - is starting to flower. Described as being a denizen of woods and thickets, I find it in a weedy field.

Alternate-leaved Dogwood

Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket

One-flowered Cancerroot

Sunday, May 21, 2017

5-21 May Apple

May Apple flowers lurk below their umbrella-like leaves.
And a nicely marked moth, perhaps one called the Fluid Arches, was airborne last night.
May Apple

Fluid Arches ? moth

Saturday, May 20, 2017

5-20 Bugle

The mint family escape, Bugle, is in flower. It's frequently found on lawns and along roadsides.
A Black Vulture circled with two turkey vultures along Route 30. Look for whitish wingtips and a silhouette showing very little head or tail! Black Vultures were nearly unknown in Vermont until the last decade or so but common further south. (Please pardon the fuzzy picture.)

Black Vulture

Friday, May 19, 2017

5-19 English Plantain

English Plantain raises its head above the grass.
Wild Chervil is appearing along roadsides and Starry False Solomon's Seal - named for the shape of its flowers - is at its best.
English Plantain

Wild Chervil

Starry False Solomon's Seal

Thursday, May 18, 2017

5-18 Lemon Plagodis moth

A colorful little moth called the Lemon Plagodis was flying last night.
Tiger Swallowtail and American Copper butterflies are on the wing today.
Azaleas are opening on riverbanks and in thickets.
And Bulbous Buttercups brighten fields and waste places.
Lemon Plagodis moth

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

American Copper butterfly


Bulbous Buttercup

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5-17 Moccasin Flower

A diligent roadside search was required before I found a few Moccasin Flowers in bloom today. A week from now they'll be easy to find.
On top of Black Mountain, Black Chokeberry was the common flowering shrub. A close relative, Purple Chokecherry, favor shores and other wet areas.
And the nicely marked Common spring moth was active - and easily photographed!
Moccasin Flower

Black Chokecherry

Common Spring moth

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5-16 Starflower

The aptly named Starflower is opening an occasional blossom. Soon the forest floor will be dotted with them.

Monday, May 15, 2017

5-15 Wild Madder

Wild Madder is starting to flower.
Although somewhat bedraggled by wind and rain, White Campion graces warmer locales.
And Common Cinquefoil, the earliest of several cinquefoils in our area started opening flowers this afternoon.
Wild Madder

White Campion

Common Cinquefoil