Recent Sightings

Sightings From April 2014

April 23, 2014

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Look for trout lily blooms in the Native Plant Garden. This plant is named for and its brown mottled leaves which resemble the markings on the brook trout.

April 22, 2014

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

The dainty and distinctive white blossoms of native bloodroot are now on display outside the Visitor Center and in the Native Plant Garden. The plant gets its name from the red juice that seeps when stems are crushed or broken.

April 14, 2014

Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander

During volunteer garden clean-up, this spotted salamander was scooped up with debris collected near the small pond when a volunteer saw it in the bottom of the wheelbarrel. Also seen in the ponds are the white, cloudy masses of spotted salamander eggs. Photo by Laura Weishaupt.

April 13, 2014

Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

An adult broadwing was spotted by Brian Repa as it sailed overhead at East Rocks lookout.

April 6, 2014

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

An eastern flycatcher, the Eastern Phoebe’s “phoebe” call is a sound of spring as the bird is one of the earliest returning spring migrants. Look for them on low perches where they sit upright and wag their tails. Phoebes also nest in protected nooks and you can usually find one or more of their mud-and-grass nests around the Visitor Center, Information Pavillion and the trailhead gate.

April 6, 2014

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

One of three bald eagles spotted by visitor Brian Repa from the North Lookout on Sunday, April 7, a great day to be outside AND to see raptors!

April 2, 2014

bald eagle passing acopian center

bald eagle passing acopian center

A bald eagle soars over the Little Schuyllkill, offering up a great look for our trainees at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning. Photo by Nina Duggan.

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