|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail © Joseph DiCostanzo|
Nearby, west of the railing fence at the overlook, I spotted a small dark butterfly on a Dandelion flower which proved to be a Juvenal's Duskywing.
|Juvenal's Duskywing © Joseph DiCostanzo|
Further north along the ridge a large, dark swallowtail flew quickly by me under the trees. Unfortunately, the fleeting view of it did not allow me to identify it, so what would have been my third first of the year butterfly got away. There were also lots of Cabbage Whites flying around the park. Near where I saw the dark swallowtail I noticed a Herb-Robert in bloom. I later came across a good size group of this pretty little wildflower member of the geranium family on another trail.
|Herb-Robert © Joseph DiCostanzo|
Finally, getting to the birds - there were still a lot around, if perhaps not as many as the last couple of days. However, it was hard to make a fair comparison with the weekend since I went in to the park a few hours later than on the last two mornings and was in for a much shorter time. Even with that smaller effort I recorded 49 species, including 12 warblers. I did not get any new species for the year. The most unusual bird was a late Dark-eyed Junco feeding on one of the roads. on the ridge.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
|Dark-eyed Junco © Joseph DiCostanzo|