Recent Sightings

Sightings From May 2017

May 26, 2017

Killdeer Nest

Killdeer Nest

This mama Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) definitely wins the mom of the year award here. Sitting all day out in the open under the pouring rain and hot sun, she never leaves her clutch even in the worst conditions. Many killdeer pairs end up nesting in stony drives and other similar terrain, so watch where you step!

Photo by Rebekah Smith.

May 23, 2017

American Robin Chicks

American Robin Chicks

American robin (Turdus migratorius) chicks have recently hatched in the rafters of the gate to the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary trails. The mother has returned to this nest multple seasons in a row. 

Photo by Rebekah Smith. 

May 18, 2017

Eastern Milk Snake

Eastern Milk Snake

An eastern milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum) was spotted at North Lookout basking among the boulders frequented by travelers of the skyline trail. Our harmless yet squamous neighbor can provide a nice snack to many of the native resident raptors we have frequenting the mountain.

Photo by Merlyn Nkomo.

May 10, 2017

Pink Lady Slippers

Pink Lady Slippers

Pink Lady Slippers(Cypripedium acaule) are rare, terrestrial, temperate orchids that are native to northern North America. This bunch was spotted along the entrance to North Lookout. 

Photo by Gigi Romano. 

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