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Sightings of interest from the past two weeks:

9/23 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 5 Wild Turkeys, Coyote, 3 White-tailed Deer, Slimy Salamander, Northern Dusky Salamander, Mountain Dusky Salamander, Southern Two-lined Salamander, Green Frogs, Beechdrops blooming (parasitic plant growing from roots of Beech trees)

Beechdrops (Photo by Lance Jessee)

9/24 – Monarch

9/27 – Cloudless Sulphur, Cooper’s Hawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, 12+ Cape May Warblers, Palm Warblers, Pine Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, Common Yellowthroat, Chimney Swifts

9/29 – Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, Cape May Warblers, Palm Warblers, Pine Warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Chimney Swifts, Black Racer

9/30 – Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Variegated Fritillary

10/1 – Skink eating a large caterpillar, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chimney Swift, Eastern Wood-Pewee

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past two weeks:

9/10 – 3 Pine Warblers, Bay-breasted Warbler, 7 Cape May Warblers, Tennessee Warbler, 2 Summer Tanagers, 6 Scarlet Tanagers, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Bunting, 4 Eastern Wood-Pewees, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Chimney Swifts, Red-tailed Hawk

9/13 – Queensnake, 2 Northern Watersnakes (one had recently eaten)

Northern Watersnake (Photo by Lance Jessee)

9/14 – 2 Five-lined Skinks fighting

9/16 – Red-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Wormsnake

9/17 – Queensnake (young of year), Hackberry Dagger Moth caterpillar; Mushrooms: Purple Laccaria, Destroying Angel, Old Man of the Woods, Violet Gray Bolete, Walnut Mycena, Grisette, American Floury Amanita, Lactarius psammicola, Hygrophorus Milkcap, and Syzygites megalocarpus

9/22 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird (will be going south soon), Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-rumped Warbler (first of season)

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past month:

8/14 – Great Egret

8/24 – Eastern Copperhead, 2 Box Turtles, Green Heron, Cardinal Flower blooming

8/26 – Swift Setwing, Monarch

8/29 – Softshell Turtle, possible Cumberland Slider, Blue-winged Wasp (Scolia dubia)

9/8 – 3 Northern Watersnakes

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

7/27 – Spring Salamander larva (first confirmed park record)

7/28 – Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

7/30 – Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Tiger Swallowtails nectaring on Mimosa tree blooms, Question Mark, Red-spotted Purple, Dragonhunter, Black-shouldered Spinylegs, Powdered, Dusky, and Blue-fronted Dancers, Ebony Jewelwings, Blue dashers, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Copperhead

8/1 – Chickweed Geometer Moth

Chickweed Geometer Moth (Photo by Lance Jessee)

8/4 – Great Egret, 3 Eastern Wood-Pewees, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pawpaw fruits 2-3 inches long

8/6 – Blue Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-tailed Hawk

8/9 – Black Racer, Queen Snake, Dragonhunter, Fawn Darner, Blue-tipped Dancers, Five-lined Skink, Fence Lizards, Spotted Sandpipers, Green Herons

Black Racer (Photos by Lance Jessee)

8/10 & 8/11 – Great Egret, Green Heron

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

7/20 – Great Egret

7/21 – Great Egret, Purple Martins, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Dragonhunter, Dusky and Blue-ringed Dancers

7/23 – Green Heron, Dragonhunter, Double-striped Bluet, Wandering Glider, Silvery Checkerspot, Pipevine Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Dun Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Widow Skimmer, Slaty Skimmer, Purple Martins

7/24 – Great Egret

7/25 – *Variegated Fritillary, Silvery Checkerspot, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Double Banded Scoliid Wasp, Noble Scoliid Wasp, Katydid Wasp, Groundcherry (Husk Tomato), Great Egret

Variegated Fritillary (Photo by Lance Jessee)
Noble Scoliid Wasp (photo by Lance Jessee)
Katydid Wasp (Photo by Lance Jessee)
Groundcherry (Photo by Lance Jessee)

7/26 – Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed

*First of year

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

7/14 – Fox Squirrel, Red-tailed Hawk, 3 Green Herons, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Purple Martins, Black-shouldered Spinylegs, Lyric Cicada, Black-nosed Dace, Dun Skipper, Gemmed Satyr

7/15 – Fox Squirrel, 2 White-tailed Deer fawns, Great Egret, Spotted Sandpiper, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows

7/16 – 3 Northern Watersnakes, Queen Snake, Fence Lizard, Five-lined Skink, Green Frog, Green Heron, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-shouldered Spinyleg, Luna Moth

Luna Moth (Photo by Lance Jessee)

7/18 – Great Egret, Purple Martins

7/19 – Great Egret, Purple Martins, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

6/23 – Scarlet Tanager

6/25 – Green Heron, River Cooter, Two-lined Salamanders, Mountain Dusky Salamanders, Red Admiral, Fragile Forktail

6/28 – Wormsnake and Black Racer by Cade Campbell

7/6 – Prince Baskettail, Azure caterpillar on Black Cohosh blooms, Blue-ringed Dancer, Blue-fronted Dancer, Dusky Dancer, Variable Dancer

7/7 – Copperhead, Great Egret

7/8 – Great Egret

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Recent Sightings: June 22, 2021

Sightings of interest from the past ten days:

6/12 – Fish Crow

6/14 – Scarlet Tanager, Five-lined Skink, Wolf Spider with babies

6/15 – Eastern Copperhead, Queen Snake, Fox Squirrel

Eastern Copperhead (Photo by Lance Jessee)

6/17 – Black Ratsnake, Banded Hairstreak

6/18 – Copperhead shed skin, River Cooter, Black Saddlebags, Prince Baskettail

6/20 – Queen Snake

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee, and Mike Gartin) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past tend days:


6/2 – Baltimore Orioles, Great Crested Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher

6/4 – White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar (by Robin Feierabend)

White-marked tussock moth caterpillar (Photo by Robin Feierabend)

6/7 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Slaty Skimmer (immature female), Stream Bluet

6/8 – 2 Eastern Copperheads

6/9 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, Monarch

6/12 – Snapping Turtle crossing road (likely traveling to nesting site)


All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, and Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.


Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past week:

5/24 – Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher

5/25 – Eastern Garter Snake, Snow Goose (unexpected for this date)

Snow Goose (Photo by Lance Jessee)

5/26 & 5/27 – The Snow Goose is still hanging around.

5/28 – Yellow-throated Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher

6/1 – Snow Goose (same individual), Wood Thrush

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, and Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee