Monday, April 24, 2017

April 23 - Inwood Hill Park

Ann and a friend and i went for a walk in Inwood in the afternoon to check out the Dutchman's-Breeches wildflowers in the Clove. On the way, I spotted the first of the Troutlilys out on the hillside south of the soccer fields.Lots of Common Violets were also in bloom all around the park. The Dutchman's-breeches were at or just past their peak. Up on the ridge a sapling Flowering Dogwood was in bloom.

Flowering Dogwood 04/23/2017
Cherries, Eastern Redbud and other early spring flowering trees were also out. A pleasant surprise was a Tiger Swallowtail sunning itself on a tree stump.

Tiger Swallowtail 04/23/2017
There were not many birds around, perhaps due to the lateness of the day when we went out and also the slow migration so far. The list of twenty species noted is below.

Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

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