As I mentioned last week, I’ve been very busy. I have been out and about to many spots that I just hadn’t had time to mention in my blog. I’ve found many interesting things throughout this period and thought some might like to hear about them and see a few shots of what I’ve seen. Trips to Linear Park, Sterling Forest, Neversink Gorge and the Bashakill produced some nice results. First, Thanks to a heads up from Rob Stone, I was able to make a quick trip down to Sterling Forest on Monday 6/2. The target of the trip was a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT!! While it took me some time to find the bird, I had some great looks at it. The bird (a notorious skulker) sang unseen most of the time. Then when least expected, it would suddenly shoot out over an opening in the foliage, doing a flight display and land on top of a tree to sing one song and dive back into the understory. While it was great to watch, I couldn’t even come close to getting a shot of this bird. Maybe another day. The rest of my trips were more successful from a photo standpoint.
As many may have heard, the “LAMPREY ” returned to spawn at Linear Park again this year. This two foot long cartilaginous fish that looks like an eel spawns here each spring. It is quite a show. You can hardly spot the fish when suddenly two will come together and begin thrashing in the water as they spawn. An experience everyone should see at least once. Another nice find was a LUNA MOTH! This four inch wide, four inch long Moth is really huge. It is bright light green with maroon trim and eyes. The moth breeds in spring on moonlit nights. It has seemed to become rare in recent years, and I was pleased to find one this spring. Now a few words on flora. As you walk the trails in our local parks and wetlands, you may come across some interesting plants.
Here are a couple of shots of Trillium and Lady Slippers! If you come across these plants, please observe them and maybe take a few photos, but don’t disturb them. These highly specialized plants live a symbiotic relationship with other plants and bacteria’s. They cannot survive transplant nor live in a garden. To remove them, KILLS them. Please don’t do it under any circumstance. Just enjoy the view and leave them for others to enjoy in coming seasons. Hope you have enjoyed some different subjects for a change.