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Sightings of interest from the past week:

4/22 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird                              

4/23 – *Yellow Warbler, *Green Heron, *Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk

4/24 – *Baltimore Oriole

4/25 – White-throated Sparrows, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, Cedar Waxwings (flock of at least 20), House Wren, Hairy Woodpecker, Cooper’s Hawk, juvenile *Black Rat Snake

Black Rat Snake (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/26 – *Juniper Hairstreak, *Eastern Tailed-Blue, *Appalachian Azure, Baskettail sp.,  Lancet Clubtail, 2 Queen Snakes, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, Eastern Kingbird, 2 *Yellow-throated Vireos, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Sensitive Fern

Juniper Hairstreak (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/27 – *Rough Green Snake (first one in the park in many years), *Henry’s Elfin, *Spicebush Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, *Scarlet Tanager, *Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, *Ovenbird, House wren, Pileated Woodpecker on turtle log, Green Heron, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, Spotted Sandpiper, Baltimore Oriole, two pairs of Canada Geese with 10 goslings total

Rough Green Snake (Photo by Lance Jessee)

*First of year

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

 Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past week:

4/13 – *Worm-eating Warbler (by Michele Sparks), Carolina Chickadee nest in nest box, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, *Common Baskettail (teneral)

4/14 – 2 Blue-winged Teals, Yellow-throated Warbler, Fox Squirrel, *Silver-spotted Skipper, Eastern Tent Caterpillars, White Trillium (Trillium erectum), Yellow Woodland Violet

4/16 – *Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Blue-winged Teals, Carolina Chickadee nest with eggs

4/17 – Barn Swallow, Hairy Woodpecker, 8 Blue-winged Teals

4/18 – *Wood Thrush, Eastern Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker, *Pipevine Swallowtail, 2 Snapping Turtles

4/19 – Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, *Broad-winged Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, *Ruby-throated Hummingbird, *Swamp Sparrow

4/20 – 2 Broad-winged Hawks, *Vireo species

4/21 – *Spotted Sandpiper, *House Wren

*First of year

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:

4/7 – Birds *Red-winged Blackbird, *Louisiana Waterthrush, Hairy Woodpecker, Brown Thrasher. Insects: *Gemmed Satyr, *West Virginia White, *Falcate Orangetip, *Juvenal’s Duskywing, *Sleepy Duskywing, *Dreamy Duskywing, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Comma, *Six-spotted Tiger Beetle. Reptiles/Amphibians: *Queen Snake, *American Toads calling. Flowers blooming: Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Slender-leaved Toothwort, Virginia Spring Beauties, Wood Anemone, Round-leaved Ragwort, Golden Ragwort, Common Blue Violet (plus white and bicolored varieties), Long-spurred Violet, Wild Geranium, Star Chickweed, Bishop’s Cap, Carolina Vetch, Kidney-leaved Buttercup

4/8 – Honey Bee swarm

4/10 – Northern Flicker feeding on rock wall

4/12 – 4 Blue-winged Teals, *Five-lined Skink, Spring Beauty Bees (specialized pollinator), *Monarch, *Ashy Clubtail (teneral), *Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, *Catbird, *Yellow-throated Warbler, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Pennywort, Yellow Mandarin, Rattlesnake Fern, Dissected Grape Fern

*First of year

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 couple of weeks:

3/17 – *Common Green Darner

3/28 – Blue-winged Teals (1 male, 2 female), *Green-winged Teal (male), Ring-neck Ducks (1 male, 1 female), Red-breasted Merganser (male), 2 Pied-billed Grebes

3/29 – Hairy Woodpecker on suet feeder

3/30 – Cooper’s Hawk, Common Green Darner

3/31 – *Barn Swallow, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 6 Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Osprey, Brown Thrasher

4/1 – 8 Purple Martins, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows

4/5 – Yellow-rumped Warblers, Brown Thrasher, Red-bellied Woodpecker fledgling

*First of year

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 couple of weeks:

3/15 – *Bonaparte’s Gull, Cooper’s Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet male crest display and song, Tree Swallow

3/19 – Wood Ducks (1 male, 1 female), *Lesser Scaups (1 male, 1 female), Ring-neck Duck (female), *Bufflehead (female), Pied-billed Grebe, 4 *Fish Crows, 3 *Northern Rough-winged Swallows

3/22 – Brown Creeper, Tree Swallows

3/23 – *Purple Martins (2)

3/24 – Purple Martins (1 male, 2 female), Osprey, Blue-winged Teals (1 male, 2 female), Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker

3/26 – 2 *Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, *Brown Thrasher pair nest building, at least 4 Purple Martins

3/27 – *Pickerel Frogs calling

*First of year

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

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past month:

After some unfortunate technical issues, the recent sightings emails are finally back. Here are some of the sightings from the last month. Enjoy!

2/15 – Honey Bees bringing pollen to hive

2/24 – *Tree Swallow (1 male)

2/25 – Ring-neck Ducks (3 male, 2 female)

2/28 – Wood Frog eggs, Upland Chorus Frogs calling

3/01 – Red-breasted Mergansers (5 male), 5 Pied-billed Grebes, Tree Swallow

3/03 – Ring-neck Duck (1 male)

3/04 – *Chipping Sparrow

3/05 – Horned Grebe, 2 Gadwalls, Common Merganser

3/08 – 5 Tree Swallows, Tiger Beetles (probably Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles)

3/12 – Bald Eagle, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pied-billed Grebe, Belted Kingfisher, *Brown-headed Cowbird (female)

*First of year

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

 Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past month:

1/28 – American Robin flock, *Daffodil sprouts and flower buds

1/29 – Belted Kingfisher eating crayfish

2/12 – 82 Ring-billed Gulls

2/15 – Fox Squirrel, 4 Common Ravens, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, *Mayfly, *Syrphid Fly, *Honey Bees carrying pollen

*First of year

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

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past month:

12/28 – Hooded Mergansers (1 male, 3 female), Green-winged Teal (male), Hairy Woodpecker

1/1/2021 – Wood Ducks (2 male, 1 female)

1/9 – Lance photographed a female Northern Cardinal and a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Female Northern Cardinal (Photo by Lance Jessee)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Photo by Lance Jessee)

1/12 – Common Mergansers (2 male and female)

1/15 – Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle (Photo by Lance Jessee)

1/18 – Pied-billed Grebe

1/19 – Great Blue Heron, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets

1/20 – Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past two weeks:

9/14 – Monarchs (1 adult, 2 chrysalids, 5 caterpillars)

9/16 – Harvester caterpillar, 5 Monarch chrysalids

9/21 – Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Purple Stem and Crooked Stem, Wavy-leaved Aster, Frost Aster, Heart-leaved Wood Aster

9/23 – Ovenbird, Autumn Coral-root Orchid

9/25 – Black-throated Green Warblers

9/26 – Queen Snake

9/28 – Don has been seeing a lot of migratory birds lately. Today he saw 6 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 4 Eastern Wood-Pewees, Bay-breasted Warbler, 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 100 Chimney Swifts, 6 Cape May Warblers, 4 Scarlet Tanagers, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Redstart, Orange-crowned Warbler.

9/30 – Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, 5 Cape May Warblers, Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 Swainson’s Thrush, 6 Scarlet Tanagers, 5 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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

Lance Jessee

Top 20 sightings of 2020:

  1. Prothonotary Warbler, park record species on April 25th and 30th, June 4th and 12th
  2. Great Egrets, park high count of 72 on October 1st
  3. Swamp Sparrow, park’s first spring record on May 12th through 15th
  4. Fish Crow, park high count of 10 on April 13th
  5. Black Racer, June 28th
  6. Eastern Milksnake, June 24th
  7. Wormsnakes, both local subspecies on March 28th and April 8th
  8. Ruddy Duck, male in breeding plumage on March 15th
  9. Horned Grebes, 5 with one in breeding plumage on March 13th
  10. Purple Martin, earliest park record on March 7th
  11. Red-headed Woodpecker, same individual January through March
  12. Northern Map Turtle, June 20th
  13. Brown-legged Grass Carrier wasp (Isodontia auripes), August 4th
  14. Copperhead, June 2nd
  15. Northern Harrier, April 20th and 22nd
  16. Black Bear, July 30th
  17. Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles, April 4th
  18. 100 Cedar Waxwings, March 17th
  19. Merlin, January 14th and March 27th
  20. Harvester butterfly July 28th, caterpillar in September

Happy New Year to All!

Lance Jessee