Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mar 15, 2012: Wolf's Notes

Mourning Cloak, 3/14/2012 (Wolf Oesterreich)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I found my first butterfly of the season, a Mourning Cloak, along the west bluff spur. I usually find 1 or 2 in this area, but never this early in the season. Along the Upland Trail, below the "Circle of Life", was a pair of Eastern Bluebirds checking out several of the Tree Swallow nesting boxes.

A homeowner along the south side of the south lake, up behind the savanna woods, had burnt some vegetation in the backyard, probably illegally since we are still under a no-burn mandate. With southerly winds, gusting to 24 mph, smoke wafted through the woods and across the trail. One could still smell the smoke while crossing the bridge.


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