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Notes about birds, mammals, wildflowers, insects, and more
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Black-throated Green WarblerHave been hearing and seeing the woodpeckers a lot lately - the downy, the hairy, and the pileated woodpeckers.

Am also hearing more and more warblers. Not seeing much of them, though. I see 'em flying around in the
trees. But, as usual, I'm finding it hard to spot them with my binoculars.

The black-throated green warbler (above) is the one that I've been hearing the most. The American redstart, yellow-rumped warbler, and black-throated blue warbler are some of the others that I've heard singing lately.
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Yesterday evening at dusk, I again heard the "peent, peent, peent..." call of a woodcock. But, instead of coming from the east as it had previously, the sound was coming from the north.

Not sure if it's the same woodcock or a different one. Maybe I still have a chance to see its courtship flight.
Friday, May 2, 2003
Unidentified SeedlingsHere's a group of new seedlings I found in an open area in the woods. The whole patch is only about 3 1/2 inches long by about 2 inches wide.

I've never noticed seedlings like this before, so I'm going to keep an eye on them and see out what they turn out
to be. I think they might be field bindweeds,
which are common in the Northeast.
Thursday, May 1, 2003
The red maple trees are flowering and the leaves are beginning to pop out on the sugar maple trees.

Oaks and beeches will start leafing out soon. Ash trees tend to be among the latest to leaf out.
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Eastern ChipmunkThe chipmunks have been getting a little more active lately. They've started their usual routine of chasing each other around in the woods. As spring changes to summer, they tend to become even more territorial.
The chipmunk's call is also changing. Sometimes I hear the "chuck, chuck,
chuck..." call. But at other times, I hear the
"chip, chip, chip..." call.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Recent warbler sightings in New England include the black-throated green warbler, yellow warbler, worm-eating warbler, and black-throated blue warbler -- among others.

The peak of the warbler migration usually occurs in the first few weeks of May. I'm already hearing quite a few warblers around this area - but have not yet heard some of the species that have been spotted in southern New England.
Monday, April 28, 2003

BloodrootThe bloodroot has been blooming for about a week now. The flower of this plant opens during the day and closes at night.

This wildflower prefers rich soil and is often found along brooks. The juice from the stem of this plant can be used as a natural dye for fabrics.

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