Recent Sightings

Sightings From May 2011

May 31, 2011

A black rat snake was seen in the garden.

May 29, 2011

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

redstart and yellowthroat were seen with many praire warblers at the Game Commision loggin area.  There were many great-crested flycathers and chestnust-sided warblers singing at the clear cut area of Game Land.  A few indigo buntings, a scarlet tanager, an ovenbird, and a veery was seen on the Appalachian Trail.

A fawn was seen laying in a bed of ferns behind the visitor center.  Mountain Laurel is in bloom.  A black rat snake, garter snake, and timber rattle snake were seen sun bathing of of Main Lookout Trail. 

May 24, 2011

Mountain Laurel is budding.

Flushed Ovenbird was seen sitting on its eggs near the River of Rocks study plot.  A Wood Thrush on its eggs and an Eastern Towhee on its nest were spotted in the same area. 


May 21, 2011

On the River Trip with Ryan Beltz the last wild azalea bloom was witnessed during the day.  Latter in the evening screech owls were heard and a pair of saw-whet owls were seen. 

May 19, 2011

The staff saw a Luna Moth on the back door of the visitor center.

May 17, 2011

Male American Redstart By Bill Moses

Male American Redstart By Bill Moses

A male American Redstart was seen near the feeders. 

May 13, 2011

A Scarlet Tanager was seen at the feeder pond.

May 11, 2011

Timber Rattlesnake by Bill Moses

Timber Rattlesnake by Bill Moses

There was a close encounter with a large timber rattlesnake on the Express Trail.

May 8, 2011

Garden Path by Jeff Glover

Garden Path by Jeff Glover

A Black rat snake was seen at Kettle View. 

Pink Lady Slippers and Wild Azalea are in bloom along North Lookout Trail.

Yellow Root, Wood Poppies, Ginger, Tiarella, Spring Beauty, Columbine, Golden Rag Wort, Bluebells, Dogwood, Violets, Jacob's Ladder, and Trillium are in bloom in the Native Plant Garden.  



May 7, 2011

chestnut sided warbler by Bill Moses

chestnut sided warbler by Bill Moses

On the Pine Swamp Road and part of the Gamelands Trail there were many birds. 

There were three singing male hooded warblers and one female.  There was a blackburnian warbler.  There was a chestnut sided warbler.  There were ten male baltimore orioles and three females.  There were four female scarlet tanagers. There was a total of six rose breasted grosbeaks that had devided into mating pairs.  There was a female American redstart and a female common yellowthroat. There was one male and one female ruby throated humming bird.  There was a male and female black throated blue warbler.     

May 5, 2011

A black rat snake was seen in a tree on the left side of the North Lookout Trail near Bald Overlook.

May 3, 2011

Wood Duck Mallard (drake) by Bill Moses

Wood Duck Mallard (drake) by Bill Moses

A drake and hen pair of wood ducks was seen in the forest, they were perched on a tree on the way to the shed.

A garter snake was spotted near the River of Rocks cutoff on the North Lookout Trail. 

May 1, 2011

A black throated blue warbler was seen in the Native Plant Garden.

A cooper's hawk tried but failed to attack a morning dove on the Sky Line Trail.

A ruffed grouse was heard drumming on Skyline trail.  One was seen at the South Lookout. 

Two garter snakes  were seen mating on a rock in the Native Plant Garden.

The Native Plant Garden has an abundance of plants including; 4 different members of the genus Trillium, yellow root, Mertensia, wood poppies, spring beauty, violets, Polemonium, and ginger.

There were many tadpoles in the marsh pond behing the marigold. 

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