A small American Toad (Bufo americanus) blends in with fallen
Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius).
Duskywing Skippers (Erynnis sp.) are common along the trail
at this time of year.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).
May 11th. Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula).
Two Orioles interact.
A Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) stands guard a few feet
from the nest hole.
The male Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) seem
more tolerant of (or less distracted by) passersby lately.
Pink Lady's Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule) are just
Some have begun to color up but are still not fully mature.
Canada Mayflower (Mianthemum canadense).
Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), a common invasive
Buttercups (Ranunculus acris).
Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) has two flowers originating
near each pair of leaves on the stem. It's less common than False
Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) which has a terminal inflorescence.
Several species of Cherry (Prunus sp.) are blooming now.
Cherry attracts lots of insects...
...such as this bee.
...and this striking metallic Halictid bee.
A female Spring Azure (Celastrina argiolus).
The larvae of this Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) feed on
Wooly Alder Aphids. The adults spurn flowers and feed on aphids' "honeydew."
A first sighting for me on the trail.
Pond Lily (Nuphar varieagata).
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) also attract bees as pollinators.
The common name Dandelion is a corruption of the French "tooth
of the lion", named for the jagged tips of each ray flower.