Sunday, April 6, 2014

Van Cortlandt Park - Apr 6 - signs of spring

Ann and I went up to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to exercise her knee and to look for signs of spring. Ann has been wanting to see her first Mourning Cloak butterfly of the spring and since I had seen one at Van Cortlandt on March 22, it seemed like a good place to look for one. We were rewarded with two very cooperative individuals, the first not long after we parked our car by the golf course and headed up the bike trail.

Mourning Cloak                                                                                                                  © Joseph DiCostanzo
On the west side of the marsh, near the edge of the parade grounds we found another sign of early spring we had been hoping for - Skunk Cabbage.

Skunk Cabbage                                                                                                       © Joseph DiCostanzo
Being birders, we of course were also looking for avian spring arrivals and were not disappointed on that front either. There were lots of Eastern Phoebes around and though I have not seen any swallows yet at Inwood Hill Park I did spot single Tree and Northern Rough-winged swallows over the marsh here. There was also spotted a lone Rusty Blackbird skulking in the dense vegetation by the bridge crossing the south end of the marsh by the golf course.

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