June 7, 2003
Wild Columbine has been blooming for the past week or more. The White
Baneberry, Golden Alexanders, and Common Buttercup are also blooming.
The blossoms of an early aster, which I think might be the Purple-
Aster, are beginning to open up.
June 5, 2003
that the weather is warming up, I've been seeing more butterflies.
The ones I've observed most frequently have been the Mourning
Cloak and the Eastern
I'm also seeing a butterfly that I haven't been able to identify
positively. It's either the Pearl
Crescent or the Northern
Crescent. They're hard to distinguish and I believe that both
species are found in this area.
June 3, 2003
morning, I'm still hearing a wonderful symphony of bird songs: many
different species of warblers, the wood
thrush (photo at right), the ever-present robins,
the black-capped chickadee,
the phoebe, and many others.
morning the song of a different bird seems to predominate over the
It's as if every bird gets its own chance to sing a solo.
June 1, 2003
June bugs, also known as May beetles or June beetles, have been flying
for the past week or so.
I recall one evening last summer when I heard some unusual rustling
sounds in the leaves. The sounds were coming from all around me. I
couldn't imagine what was causing this noise.
I got a flashlight and went back to investigate. It took quite a while
to catch sight of one, but when I did, it turned out to be a June
bug. These insects spend the day buried a couple of inches below the
surface of the soil. At dusk, they come back up to the surface and
May 30, 2003
came across this Red Eft during one of my recent walks in the woods.
This is the land form of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens),
which is also known as the Red-spotted Newt.
amphibian begins in a larval
stage, progresses to the Red Eft,
and then transforms into the final adult aquatic
form. The adult is olive-green or greenish-brown.
May 28, 2003
not seeing any deer for the past
week or more, I saw my "local" doe and her daughter yesterday
and again today. They're still in the process of molting into their
The whitetail's summer coat doesn't have the underfur that its winter
coat does. This lighter coat helps to dissipate excess body heat during
the warmer weather.
May 26, 2003
had a rainy day today. The rain has tapered off now and the view of
the mountains is pretty with a blanket of fog in the valley.
You can see that the oak leaves have not fully opened yet. The tree
framing the upper portion of the
is an oak.
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