May 21st. Pink Lady's Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule)
have been in bloom for a few days.
Several uncommon visitors to the marsh include this Lesser Yellowlegs
...and a Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). (Sorry the
picture quality is so bad, but this are the best I was able to get
and I wanted to at least acknowledge their presence in the marsh.)
Like last year, an immature Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax
auritus) has been hanging around the marsh.
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the marsh still
look a bit winter-scruffy.
Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) are out, basking in
A female Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) continues to incubate
her eggs on the abandoned beaver lodge. Expect goslings in another
week or two.
The Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) are building their
unusual hanging basket nests. Here a female is in the early stages
of construction. Note the heavier hoop of material framing her head.
That hoop will serve as a main support for the lighter material woven
Probably a Cherry (Prunus sp.)
Another Cherry (Prunus sp.) or near relative.
Robin Plantain (a Fleabane - Erigeron pulchellus).
Dandelion seedheads (Taraxacum officinale).
Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar lutea).
This female Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) hatched today
from a cocoon found along the trail.
The moth has a 6" wingspan and lives only long enough to mate
and lay eggs.