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Sightings of interest from the past four months!


Our apologies for not keeping up with the Recent Sightings blog for the last few months. It was a busy summer for all at the Nature Center! Fortunately, the staff continued to record the sightings, so we’re able to provide the entire list. Unfortunately, for those of you who enjoy reviewing the list thoroughly and in a timely manner, it’s a long list going all the way back to late June!


Hopefully we’ll be back on track with our regular posts soon. In the meantime, enjoy this list of recent (and not so recent) sightings at Steele Creek Park!


6/30 – Juvenile Purple Martin swimming

7/3 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on nest

7/5 – Great Blue Heron, Swift Setwing

7/7 – Double-crested Cormorant

7/18 – Striped Skunk baby

7/19 – Great blue Heron, Little Yellow butterfly

7/20 – Eastern Gartersnake, Sharp-shinned Hawk

7/21 – American Toad, Eastern Gartersnake, 3 Belted Kingfishers, Wandering Glider

7/22 – Comet Darner, Dragonhunter, Great Blue Skimmer, Widow Skimmer, Slaty Skimmer, Common Whitetail, Eastern Pondhawk, Blue Dasher, Blue-ringed Dancer, Eastern Amberwing, Wandering Glider, Ebony Jewelwing, Violet Dancer, Fragile Forktail, Least Skipper, Sachem, Horace’s Duskywing, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Silver-spotted Skipper, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Double-crested Cormorant, Ground-nut, Monkeyflower, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher

7/23 – Groundhog

7/25 – Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Martins (2 adults, 2 nestlings), Eastern Wood-Pewee, Stream Bluet, Orange Bluets, Dusky Dancers, Blue-ringed Dancers

7/26 – Purple Martin Family, Gray Catbird, Red-tailed Hawk

7/27 – Purple Martin family with 3 nestlings

7/28 – Purple Martins absent, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

7/29 – Purple Martins still absent, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

8/01 – Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

8/02 – Green Frog, Dusky Salamander, Painted Turtle, Yellow-bellied Slider, Eastern Pondhawk, Slaty Skimmer, Narceus americanus (millipede), Red-tailed Hawk, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Five-lined Skink, Ocala Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Horace’s Duskywing, Red-spotted Purple, Cranefly Orchid, Old-man’s Beard/Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana), Harvester Butterfly, Blue Indigo Milkcap mushroom, Leconte’s False Snail Eating Beetle

8/04 – American Lady, Zabulon Skipper, Pied-billed Grebe, Five-lined Skink, Spotted Sandpiper, American Bullfrog, Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle, Green Heron, Rock Pigeon, Prince Baskettail, Peck’s Skipper, Common Buckeye, Silvery Checkerspot, Summer Azure, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Pearl Crescent

8/05 – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red Admiral, Blue Indigo Milkcap mushroom

8/07 – Yellow-billed Cuckoo

8/09 – Eastern Kingbird

8/10 – Mutinus elegans, Russula crustosa, Indigo Milkcap, Destroying Angel Amanita, Mink by Civitan Shelter exit (fide J. Dabbs)

8/11 – Spotted Sandpiper, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 juvenile Brown-headed Cowbirds, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Spiny Softshell Turtle, Muskrat, Fawn Darners, Dragonhunter, Fiery Skippers, Bald-faced Hornet capturing Sachem, Red-spotted Purple, Little Glassywing, Mink (same as 8/10), Eastern Screech Owl (fide J. Dabbs)

8/12 – Spotted Sandpiper

8/14 – Osprey

8/15 – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, 2 Five-lined Skinks, Ocala Skipper, Delaware Skippers, Great Spangled Fritillaries, Fiery Skipper

8/16 – Blue-winged Scoliid wasps, Spider Wasp (Entypus unifasciatus), Double-banded Scoliid Wasps, Northern Flicker feeding on poison ivy berries, Hackberry/Tawny Emperor on Hackberry Tree

8/19 – Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanagers, Summer Tanagers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Chimney Swifts, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cloudless Sulphur, Monarch

8/20 – Eastern Velvet Ant

8/23 – 50+ Chimney Swifts, Hummingbird basking/deparasitizing, Monarch, Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, cf. Gray Hairstreak caterpillar; 3 Pine Warblers, Eastern Kingbird, 54 Red-winged Blackbirds, and 46 Common Grackles (fide Gary Bailey et al.)

8/25 – Sleepy Orange

8/26 – Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Zebra Swallowtail, Monarch

8/29 – Green Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Cape May Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles, Black Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphurs

8/30 – Wood Thrush, Cape May Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-shouldered Spinylegs

8/31 – 2 Softshell Turtles, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Buckeye

9/01 – Cape May Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Pine Warbler, Softshell Turtle, Philadelphia Vireo, Scarlet Tanagers, Swift River Cruiser

9/02 – Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Cape May Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Brown Thrashers, Cedar Waxwings

9/05 – Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black and White Warbler, Pine Warblers, Cape May Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 20 Common Nighthawks

9/06 – Pine Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Wood-Pewee

9/07 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Cape May Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hairy Woodpecker, Swainson’s Thrush, Ovenbird, Green Heron

9/08 – Chipping fledgling getting fed and eating on its own

9/10 – Rain

9/12 – Sleepy Orange, Monarch caterpillar, ZigZag Spider, Scaly Bee Fly (Lepidophora lepidocera), Cloudless Sulphurs, Cape May Warblers, American Redstart, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Baltimore Oriole, Cooper’s Hawk, Cedar Waxwings, Brown Thrasher

9/13 – White Wood Aster

9/15 – Green Heron, Cape May Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chimney Swifts, Pied-billed Grebe, Groundhog

9/16 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Variegated Fritillary

9/18 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Five-lined Skink, Variegated Fritillary

9/19 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird pursuing Green Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Cape May Warblers, Cedar waxwings, Variegated Fritillary, Monarch caterpillar starting chrysalis, Snapping Turtle

9/21 – Green Heron, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker excavating hole

9/22 – 5 Pied-billed Grebes, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

9/23 – Dark-eyed Junco (fide Michele Sparks)

9/24 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, American Redstart, Tennessee Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler

9/26 – Eastern Wood-Pewee, Cape May Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanagers, Cedar Waxwings, Red-tailed Hawk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bay-breasted Warbler, Palm Warblers, Green Heron, Northern Parula, Black and White Warbler, Wandering Gliders, Green Darners, Monarch

9/27 – American Goldfinch feeding fledgling, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Common Ravens, Great Crested Flycatcher

9/28 – Swainson’s Thrush, Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Red-tailed Hawk, Gulf Fritillary

9/29 – Killdeer, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Northern Parula, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Common Raven, Black-throated Blue Warbler

9/30 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Palm Warblers, Bay-breasted Warblers, Cape May Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanagers, Swainson’s Thrushes, Green Heron

10/01 – Red-breasted Nuthatch (eBird sighting)

10/02 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Tree Swallows, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Tennessee Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Double-crested Cormorant, Killdeer, American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Empidonax sp., Cooper’s Hawk, Wood Thrush, Chimney Swift, Cedar Waxwing, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch

10/03 – Cedar waxwings, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black and White Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ovenbird, Gray Catbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Cape May Warblers, Prairie Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Swianson’s Thrush, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Green Heron, Bay-breasted Warbler, Common Raven, Fox Squirrels

10/04 – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Raven, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Hooded Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Green Darner feeding swarm at dam, Comet Darner at Nature Center, Dinoflagellate bloom in lake

10/05 – Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Red-tailed Hawk, Monarch chrysalis (2 more)

10/06 – 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Pine Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager

10/07 – Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Warbler

10/08 – Red-winged Blackbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Killdeer, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray-cheeked Thrush (banded)

10/09 – Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler

10/10 – Fox Squirrel, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Pine Warblers, Swainson’s Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, 6 Blue-winged Teal, Variegated Fritillary, Red-banded Hairstreak, Green Darners

10/11 – Ceratium hirundinella bloom continuing on the lake

10/12 – Hairy Woodpecker, Chipping Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbird, American Coot, Scarlet Tanager, Cooper’s Hawk

10/13 – 6 Blue-winged Teal, Cooper’s Hawk (interaction with 5 American Crows), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pine Warbler, 2 Common Ravens, American Coot, Monarch, Greater Oak Dagger caterpillar

10/14 – Palm Warblers, Pine Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-spotted Purple, Fox Squirrel

10/15 – Hairy Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Wood-Pewee

10/16 – Red Fox sleeping then chased away by American Crows, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Monarch, Variegated Fritillary caterpillar

10/17 – Palm Warblers, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, American Coot, Red-banded Hairstreak, 3 Monarchs

10/18 – 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (1 eating flowering dogwood berries), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, mixed flock mobbing mystery bird in tree cavity

10/19 – 3 Ring-necked Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

10/21 – Winter Wren

10/22 – Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped warblers, Song Sparrow missing tail feathers and had a leg band, Dinoflagellate bloom continuing on the lake

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 three weeks:

6/8 – Eastern Milksnake, Softshell Turtle laying eggs

6/10 – 2 Beavers, Monarch butterfly caterpillars, Pileated Woodpecker checking out old hole in tree, Indian Pipe

6/16 – Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Warbler, Slaty Skimmer

6/17 – Cooper’s Hawk mobbing 2 American Crows mobbing Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Green Herons

6/21 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Dragonhunter

6/23 – Dragonhunter catch Monarch butterfly in flight

6/24 – Promethea Silk Moth, Eastern Gartersnake

Promethea Silkmoth (Photo by Lance Jessee)

6/25 – Great Spangled Fritillary

6/26 – Silver-spotted Skipper, Fox Squirrel

6/27 – Red-spotted Purple, Great Crested Flycatcher, June Bug, Black Ratsnake, Viceroy, Spot-winged Gliders, Double-crested Cormorant

6/28 – Monarch, Horace’s Duskywing, Sachem, Pearl Crescent, Pipevine Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Harvester butterfly caterpillars, Swift Setwing, Robinson’s Cicada, Double-crested Cormorant, 3 Queensnakes, 2 Northern Watersnakes, Box Turtle

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 three weeks:

5/16 – Eastern Copperhead (by Jean Van Olst)

5/17 – Cedar Waxwings

5/18 – Fish Crow, Carolina Satyr, Double-striped Bluet

5/19 – Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Gartersnake, Copperhead (by Jean Van Olst)

5/26 – Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Great Crested Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, Yellow-throated Vireo

5/27 – Cedar Waxwings, Great Crested Flycatcher, Killdeer, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

5/30 – Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Kingbird

5/31 – Swift Setwing, Prince Baskettail, Eastern Pondhawk, Blue Dasher, Black Saddlebags, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Baltimore Oriole, American Toad,

6/1 – Queensnake, Snapping Turtle, Green Heron, Lancet Clubtail, Red-spotted Purple, Mourning Cloak (by Herp Hike participants)

Green Heron (Photo by Robin Feierabend)

6/2 – Great Blue Skimmer, Black-shouldered Spinylegs, Powdered Dancers, Variable Dancers, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager

6/3 – Great Crested Flycatcher carrying nest material, Baltimore Oriole, Canada Geese Molting flight feathers, House Wrens soon to fledge, Eastern Amber wings, Orange Bluets, Dusky Dancers, Mourning Cloak, Carolina Locust (Grasshopper), Northern Watersnakes, Northern Ringneck Snake, Eastern Fence Lizard

6/5 – Common Snapping Turtle, Northern Map Turtle, One-spotted Tiger Beetle, Yellow-throated Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Osprey, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Brown Thrasher, 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 two weeks:

4/30 – Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Parula, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Green Heron, Baltimore Orioles, *Sachem

5/02 – Fox Squirrel, Black Saddlebags, Ashy Clubtail, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Baltimore Oriole, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow-throated Warbler

5/03 – Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Brown Thrasher, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Watersnake, Queensnake, Swamp Darner ovipositing, Common Whitetail, Blue Dasher, *Ebony Jewelwing, Pearl Crescent, *Red-banded Hairstreak, Bear Corn

5/04 – Hummingbird chasing sparrow

5/05 – Northern Map Turtle, Solitary Sandpiper, Fragile Forktail, Common Baskettail, Lancet Clubtail ovipositing

5/10 – Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern Flicker nest

Northern Flicker (Photo by Lance Jessee)

5/12 – Snapping Turtle basking, Softshell Turtle, Great Crested Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwings, American Bullfrog calling

*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 two weeks:

4/18 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Spotted Sandpiper, 2 adult Killdeer with 1 juvenile

4/19 – 50+ Chimney Swifts, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Brown Thrashers, *Gray Catbird, House Wren, Two-lined Salamander; Flowers blooming: Red Trillium (white-flowered variety), Purple Phacelia, Yellow Mandarin, Jack in the Pulpit, Fire Pink, Fragile Fern

Jack in the Pulpit (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/20 – Osprey, *Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Wild Geranium, Pinxter Azalea

4/21 – *Northern Parula, Mute Swan, Fire Pink

Fire Pink (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/23 – Red-tailed Hawk, Mute Swan, Northern Parula, 2 Spiny Softshell Turtles basking, American Toads calling, Fragile Forktail

4/25 – *Baltimore Orioles, Carolina Satyr, Pearl Crescent, Dreamy Duskywing, Black Saddlebags, Common Whitetail, Eastern Forktail

4/26 – *Great Crested Flycatcher, *Warbling Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yelow-throated Warbler, Baltimore Orioles, Chimney Swift; *American Redstart, *Green Heron, and *Solitary Sandpiper by Chrissy Guthrie Lay

4/27 – *Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbirds, Great Crested Flycatcher, Barn Swallows, Goose goslings, Black Cherry trees blooming

4/28 – Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Five-lined Skinks

4/29 – *Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, *Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush

*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 ten days (with apologies for the delay in getting this report posted!):

4/06 – Cooper’s Hawk, Mute Swan, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brown Thrasher, 23 Pond Sliders, 6 Painted Turtles, Northern Watersnake

Northern Watersnake (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/07 – Purple Martins, Rough-winged Swallows, Barn Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, Mute Swan, 12 Blue-winged Teal, *Black-throated Green Warbler, *Yellow-throated Warbler (by Michele Sparks), Yellow Woodland Violet, Long-spurred Violet, Star Chickweed, Wood Anemone, Golden Alexander, Rattlesnake Fern

4/11 – *Louisiana Waterthrush, *Yellow-throated Warbler eating a dragonfly (possibly a Calico Pennant; this would be the first park record of the species), *Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Sharp-shinned Hawk

4/12 – 4 Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, West Virginia Whites, Morel Mushrooms, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (by Chrissy Guthrie Lay), Yellow-throated Warblers (by Michele Sparks); Trees blooming: Sassafras, Boxelder Maple, Blackhaw Viburnum, Flowering Dogwood, Redbud, Serviceberry

Sassafras in bloom (Photo by Lance Jessee)

4/13 – 2 Fish Crows; Michele Sparks saw *Eastern Kingbirds, *Yellow-throated Vireos, and Yellow-throated Warblers.

4/14 – *House Wren, *Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Double-crested Cormorant, *Spotted Sandpiper and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (by Chrissy Guthrie Lay)

4/15 – *Pepper and Salt Skipper (rare sighting in the park), *Chimney Swift, Spotted Sandpiper, Hairy Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, *Eastern Bluebird clutch hatching (5), Five-lined Skink

4/16 – Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

*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 two weeks:

3/24 – Common Raven, Mute Swan, *Brown-headed Cowbird, Chipping Sparrow, *Variegated Fritillary, Osprey, Spring Azure

3/28 – Cooper’s Hawk, Purple Martins

3/29 – Mute Swan, Groundhog

3/30 – Mute Swan, 11 Pond Sliders, 3 Painted Turtles, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Duskywing spp.

3/31 – Groundhog

4/02 – 4 White-tailed Deer, *Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

4/04 – Cooper’s Hawk, Mute Swan

4/05 – Fish Crow, 2 juvenile Mourning Doves, *Brown Thrasher, *Swamp Sparrow

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 week:

3/17 – *Chipping Sparrow (by Chrissy Guthrie)

3/18 – Mute Swan, Double-crested Cormorant, *Rough-winged Swallows, *Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows

3/19 – Cooper’s Hawk, 20 Pond Sliders, 7 Painted Turtles, Mute Swan, Eastern Phoebe building nest, *Seven-spotted Lady Beetle; Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Hermit Thrush by Doug Bond

3/20 – Mute Swan, Wood Frog tadpoles, Upland Chorus Frogs calling, Common Snapping Turtle

Wood Frog tadpoles (Photo by Lance Jessee)

3/21 – *Purple Martins, Cooper’s Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, Pickerel Frogs; Plants in bloom in the woods: Cut-leaf Toothwort, Rue Anemone, Bloodroot, Virginia Spring Beauty; in the Native Plants Garden: Bloodroot, Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Spring Beauty, Spicebush

Bloodroot (Photo by Robin Feierabend)
Virginia Bluebells (Photo by Robin Feierabend)

3/22 – Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Fish Crow, Chipping Sparrow, Mute Swan grazing on the beach, *West Virginia White, *Falcate Orangetip, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Azure sp., Duskywing sp., Pickerel Frogs calling, Green Frog, 19 Pond Sliders, 2 Painted Turtles, Common Blue Violet blooming

3/23 – Mute Swan, Red-winged Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Flickers, American Hornbeam (ironwood) with catkins

American Hornbeam catkins (Photo by Lance Jessee)

*First of yearAll 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 week:

3/07 – Mute Swan, 20+ Tree Swallows, Bradford Pear and non-native Magnolia blooming

3/08 – Mute Swan, Tree Swallows, *Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Pickerel Frogs calling, Spicebush blooming

3/09 – 7 Crows, Mute Swan, Pied-billed Grebe, Maple tree blooming

3/10 – Mute Swan, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, Hairy Woodpecker, Spring Beauty and Mertensia blooming

3/11 – Mute Swan, Henbit and Wild Pansies blooming

3/12 – *Red-winged Blackbird, Pileated Woodpecker at the Nature Center

3/15 – Mute Swan, Red-tailed Hawk, Fox Sparrows, White-throated Sparrow

3/16 – Mute Swan

*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 two weeks:

2/26 – 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male, female)

2/28 – Spotted Salamander eggs, Red-spotted Newts mating, Upland Chorus Frogs calling and eggs, Tadpole, *Fragile Forktail

3/01 – Mute Swan (park record), *Tree Swallow (by Chrissy Guthrie)

Mute Swan (Photo by Lance Jessee)

3/02 – Many Red-eared Sliders and one Painted Turtle basking, Mute Swan

3/03 – Common Raven, Tree Swallows, Cedar Waxwings, Mute Swan, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cooper’s Hawk, *Pied-billed Grebe, *Mourning cloak, *Eastern Comma

3/04 – Mute Swan, 2 Red-tailed Hawks (courtship flight), Hairy Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, blooming Bird’s-eye Speedwell

3/05 – Mute Swan, 16 Red-eared Sliders, 1 Yellow-bellied Slider, 1 Cumberland Slider, 2 Painted Turtles, Tree Swallows, Belted Kingfishers

3/06 – Spring Peepers, Upland Chorus Frogs, Wood Frogs, and Pickerel Frogs all calling; Mute Swan, 2 Snapping Turtles, 3 Painted Turtles, Red-eared Slider, Queensnake, and a likely *Green Darner dragonfly

*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