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Sightings From May 2013

May 30, 2013

17-year cicada emerges on Hawk Mt.

17-year cicada emerges on Hawk Mt.

The 17-year cicadas are beginning to emerge at Hawk Mountain!

May 27, 2013

Eastern Wood Peewee

Eastern Wood Peewee

Photo by Brian Repa

May 26, 2013

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Photo by Brian Repa.

May 25, 2013

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Photo by Brian Repa of a jumping spider, Phidippus Whitmani

May 24, 2013

Robber fly

Robber fly

Photo by Brian Repa. This fly resembles a bee.

May 16, 2013

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

Native Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans) is a first-rate groundcover. Trying pairing with wild ginger, anemone and coral bells for woodland magic.


May 16, 2013

Golden Ragwort

Golden Ragwort

Packera aurea, the golden ragwort sends erect flowering stems 1 to 3 feet high, and a bright yellow flower. Offshoots creep horizontally and create a ground cover effect over time, as we have here in the Native Plant Garden, near the bird blind (follow pathway that extends beyond the pond. Photo by Mary Linkevich.

May 16, 2013

Foam flower

Foam flower

Tiarella cordifolia L., the heartleaf foamflower, is now in bloom, displaying as a sea of delicate white as you enter the Native Plant Garden. Provides excellent groundcover for shady, wooded sites. Photo by Mary Linkevich

May 15, 2013

Pink Lady's Slipper

Pink Lady's Slipper

The showy native orchid, the Pink Lady's Slipper is now in bloom, and can be found along the trailsides if you watch closely. This is a threatened native plant in pennyslvania, so please look but don't touch! Photo by Mary Linkevich.

May 15, 2013

Dogwood blooms

Dogwood blooms

Springtime on the Mountain means the May blooms of the native dogwood tree, which line Hawk Mountain Road, and also can be found throughout the forest. Dogwood typically blooms in time for Mother's Day. Photo by Mary Linkevich.

May 14, 2013

Red spotted newt

Red spotted newt

Laura Weishaupt caught this great close up of a Red Spotted Newt in the eft stage, which is its terrestrial stage, during a cold spell. We expect the chilly weather had it lethargic, adding to its willingness to 'pose.'

The newt is a specific type of salamander (so all newts ARE salamanders) and has three distinct post-hatching stages: The aquatic larva, the terrestrial eft, which is the juvenile stage, and then the aquatic adult. So if you're curious the difference between a newt and an eft, they are one in the same. "Eft" just means it is seen on the ground, and it is a juvenile.

May 13, 2013

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Near the East Rocks, photographer Brian Repa caught this overnbird singing its heart out. Ovenbirds are forest nesting birds, and the subject of long-term research at Hawk Mountain.

May 13, 2013

Pink Lady's Slipper

Pink Lady's Slipper

Photo of this native orchid of the forest floor, the Pink Lady's Slipper, was taken by Hankyu Kim. If you look carefully, you can spot a few of the orchids on the North Lookout Trail, but be careful not to disturb them.

May 13, 2013

Millipede

Millipede

A great close-up of a millipede by Laura Weishaupt, which at this angle looks almost alien! Watch for millipedes along the trails during spring and summer, and into the fall.

May 13, 2013

Merlin

Merlin

Spring trainee Hankyu Kim caught this fast-flying merlin that swooped at the owl decoy on May 13. Very exciting for all the visitors at the North Lookout! The merlin is one of three falcons seen at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: the peregrine, the American kestrel and the merlin.

May 13, 2013

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Another view of the black and white warbler, this time facing the camera. Photo by Brian Repa. Look and listen for them along the North Lookout Trail, and any other trails at the Sanctuary.

May 10, 2013

Ring necked snake

Ring necked snake

The distinctive ring-around-the-neck makes this snake one of the easiest to identify. Photographed by Hankyu Kim.

May 7, 2013

Five-lined Skink

Five-lined Skink

A common reptile in Pennsylvania, the five-lined skink grows about 8 inches long, and likes to bask during the day on rocks like those at the North Lookout. They prey upon insects, and are interesting to watch, so keep an eye out! Photo by Hankyu Kim.

May 5, 2013

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

An ovenbird politely perched for Brian Repa to share this shot

May 5, 2013

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager by Brian Repa

May 5, 2013

Veery

Veery

Photo by Brian Repa near East Rocks.

May 1, 2013

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

This adult bald eagle soared by on April 30. Photo by spring trainee Hankyu Kim, South Korea.

May 1, 2013

Swallow-tailed Kite glided high over North Lookout on Sunday, April 28th at 4 pm.  Observed by Puan, conservation science trainee, and member Joe Binder, the bird glided off to the northeast along the ridge.

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