Just another Saturday
Today I cleaned out all of my Northern Saw-whet Owl boxes that I have here in the park. Hint to everyone, don’t accidentally delete your GPS coordinates or make sure you write them down somewhere before clicking “delete”. I have three boxes that I couldn’t seem to relocate and my luck is that they probably have a bird nesting in them.
I finally came across my first two species of butterflies for 2007 (CHECK, CHECK)!! Eastern Comma and Mourning Cloak were both observed flying along the roadside but neither would let me get close enough for a good photo of them. I decided to include these two photos that I took many years ago.
After checking the owl boxes, I went to the Allegany State Park Historical Society Meeting which I have not attended in a long time. Then hung out with some fellow naturalists who I helped out with wrapping up their Earth Day Activities (and eat their cookies). I was able to convince Grace to join me over to France Brook to go search for Waterthrush and the Vireo. Obviously I didn’t find any but we did locate a pair of Eastern Phoebes with the male chasing the female around. This was the first time that I have seen an Eastern Phoebe in about two weeks (you might remember the bird; it was when I photographed it eating a worm on the road??).
I then joined Grace for her Frog walk that she was doing! Had all kinds of fun looking for Spring Peepers and any other creepy crawly things.