Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Oct 27, 2015: Common Buckeye


The first and, perhaps, the last Common Buckeye to be found at the Park this month. 10/26/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 26, 2015: Foggy Morning


The ducks congregate on the calm, foggy water on the south lake at sunrise. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oct 25, 2015: Quarry Estates Development Information


More information about the Friedrich Quarry Estates development directly north of the park where the Jensen Farm was demolished (from http://friedrichlanddevelopment.com/quarry-estates/) via their website.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Oct 24, 2015: Vanished View - Two Years Ago Today

Oct 24, 2013: Jensen Farm 

(The Jensen Farm has since been demolished to make way for the Quarry Estates subdivision north of the park) 

A NE view across the prairie (north wetland complex) towards the old Jensen farmstead. 10/24/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 23, 2015: Three Years Ago Today


Oct 23, 2012: Mussels



Mussels by the scores have been revealed along the shoreline as water has been pumped out of the lake over the last month.  This photo was taken in the southwest corner of the south lake where a shallow portion of the lake is now dry land, 10/21/12 (Kevin Kane)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Oct 21, 2015: Last of the Summer Flowers


As the leaves take their turn for brilliant color, summer's flowers like these Brown-eyed Susans are harder and harder to find. 10/11/15 (Kevin Kane)

Oct 20, 2015: Night Kayakers


A group of 6 kayakers on the south lake after sunset.  10/20/15 (Kevin Kane)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct. 14, 2015: Autumn Reflection


A reflection of a sumac stand onto the waters of the south lake's west bay. 10/14/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 13, 2015: Layers of Color


As the vegetation changes during autumn, the central wetlands have a wonderful separation into colorful layers. 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)

Oct 12, 2015: The Colors of Fall


A beautiful time of year.  The sumac are especially colorful right now! 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oct 11, 2015: Takeoff!

This heron takes off from the the central wetlands area of the park. 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)

Oct 10, 2015: My Morning with the Heron



I spent 45 minutes Saturday morning photographing this Heron, while she fished, preened, and relaxed in the southwest cove of the south lake.  These are only a few of the many, many photos she let me take that morning. 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oct 9, 2015: Eastern Comma


A few butterflies area still present at the Park.  One Red Admiral and two Eastern Commas (one shown here) were found at the bluff area. 10/10/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Oct 8, 2015: Enjoying the Warm Weather

This fish was spotted swimming along the rocks near the southwest boat ramp. 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)

Oct 7, 2015: Beautiful Start to Fall


A view looking northeast across the Runkel inlet to the bluff and bridge.  Fall is here! 10/10/15 (Kevin Kane)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct 6, 2015: Great Egret

A Great Egret hunting at Pond J.  Up to 7 individuals have been found at the Park in the past two weeks. 10/6/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 5, 2015: Cloud Reflections


Cloud reflections on the calm south lake.  A slight breeze arose only a couple of minutes later, destroying the stillness. 10/6/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oct 4, 2015: New England Aster

 
New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) plants can be found in many areas of the Park.  However, they are not as common as they were a few years ago. 10/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 3, 2015: Wolf's September 2015 Wildlife Report


This lone immature Franklin's Gull was floating at the NW corner of the north lake's west bay on the 27th. 

A total of 111 (+ 1 sp.) avian species was recorded this month, ranking this month as the 4th highest September (& tied with 2010) among 18 years of records.


Based on citations in the 3rd Edition of “The Birds of Story County, Iowa,” by Stephen J. Dinsmore and Hank Zaletel (2001), plus my personal updates to the records, the single male Ring-necked Duck on the 30th may be a new extreme early Fall record for Story County (former record set on 1 Oct 2010 at AHHP).  The Hooded Merganser on the 24th may also represent a new extreme early Fall record (former record set on 21 Oct 2008 & 2010, both at AHHP).  New peak numbers may have been set for Franklin’s Gulls (350+ on the 30th, former peak of 161 on 5 Nov 1995 at Hallett’s Quarry) and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (13 on 29th, former peak of 11 on 13 Apr 1987 at Brookside Park).

Listed below, following the species’ names, are the date(s) of sighting(s), plus the occasional miscellaneous information regarding numbers, gender (♂=male, ♀=female), age (im=immature, ju=juvenile, abp=adult breeding plumage, ad=adult, anb=adult non-breeding), color phase (b=blue, w=white), and location (BY=back yard).  The order follows the 55th Supplement (2014) to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds and the 14th Supplement to the 7th Edition (1998).

AVIAN
     CANADA GOOSE: 5, 7, 9-30
     TRUMPETER SWAN: 30 (2)
     WOOD DUCK: 1-4, 6-14, 15 (3), 16-17, 19-30
     AMERICAN WIGEON: 27 (3), 28, 30 (1)
     MALLARD: 2-17, 19-30
     BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 1 (5), 2 (1), 3 (2), 7-13, 15-17, 19 (4), 20-21, 23-30
     NORTHERN SHOVELER: 12 (40, 17 (6), 20 (10), 21, 22 (6), 24 (6+), 25 (11), 26 (12), 28,
          30 (4)
     NORTHERN PINTAIL: 22 (3), 23 (15), 24 (13), 25 (1), 27 (7), 30 (2)
     REDHEAD: 29 (1♂ + 2♀)
     RING-NECKED DUCK: 30 (1♂)
     HOODED MERGANSER: 24 (1), 27 (1)
     RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 12-13, 17, 20-27, 30
     PIED-BILLED GREBE: 2 (3), 5 (2), 7 (37), 8 (3), 9 (41), 10 (16), 11 (11), 19 (7), 20 (1),
          22 (5), 23 (4), 26 (3), 27 (1), 29 (198), 30 (1)
     DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 3 (1), 6 (2), 10 (2), 11 (1), 12 (5), 13 (7), 19 (2), 20 (5), 
          21 (3), 22 (5), 23 (1), 24 (33), 26 (2), 28 (49), 29 (1)
     AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 3 (12), 8 (73+), 10 (1 juv + 40), 18 (~50), 20 (1)
     GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 (7), 2 (4), 3-4 (5), 5 (4), 6 (3), 7 (6), 8-10 (4), 11 (3), 12 (4), 13 (2),
          14 (5), 15-17 (4), 18 (7), 19-20 (6), 21 (5), 22-23 (6), 24 (5), 25 (4), 26 (7), 27 (6), 28 (7),
          29 (1), 30 (4)
     GREAT EGRET: 11-15 (1), 17 (1), 19 (1), 20-21 (2), 22 (1), 23 (2), 24 (6), 25 (4), 26 (5),
          27-28 (6), 29 (7), 30 (4)
     GREEN HERON: 1 (1), 3-4 (1), 7 (1), 8 (3), 10 (1), 11 (2), 20 (1), 26-27 (1)
     BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 1 (1), 17 (1 ad), 19-20 (1 ad), 22 (1 im + 1 ad), 24 (1),
          26 (1 im + 1 ad), 27 (1 ad), 28 (1 im + 1 ad), 29-30 (1 im)
     TURKEY VULTURE: 1 (5), 2 (17), 3 (6), 5 (2), 7 (2), 8 (5), 9 (2), 10-11 (5), 12 (1), 14 (5),
          15 (2), 19 (3), 21 (6), 24-25 (2), 27 (4), 28-29 (2), 30 (4)
     OSPREY: 3-4 (1), 7-8 (1), 9-10 (2), 12 (1), 13 (2), 19 (1), 24 (1), 29-30 (1)
     BALD EAGLE: 14 (1 ad), 16-17 (1 ad), 20 (1 im)
     SHARP-SHINNED HAWK: 25 (1), 27 (1)
     COOPER’S HAWK: 13 (1), 22 (1), 24 (2), 26-27 (1)
     BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 26 (4)
     RED-TAILED HAWK: 1-2 (1), 3 (2), 7 (1), 19 (1), 21 (1), 25 (1), 28 (1)
     VIRGINIA RAIL: 17 (1)
     SORA: 22 (1)
     AMERICAN COOT: 3 (1), 7 (4), 11 (1), 15 (9), 16 (2), 17 (4), 19 (9), 21 (13), 22 (6), 24 (5+),
          25 (6+), 26 (7+), 29 (63+), 30 (3)
     KILLDEER: 2-3 (1), 8 (3), 12-13 (1), 21 (6), 22 (5), 23, 24 (8), 25 (1), 26 (5), 27 (16), 28 (6)
     GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 27-28 (1)
     WILSON’S SNIPE: 30 (3)
     RING-BILLED GULL: 8 (1), 10 (1), 11 (7), 19, 27 (5+)
     FRANKLIN’S GULL: 11 (3), 26 (20+), 27 (1), 30 (350+)
     CASPIAN TERN: 3 (1), 7 (5), 9 (1), 10 (6)
     FORSTER’S TERN: 1 (1)
     ROCK PIGEON: 25 (1)
     EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 1 (1), 4 (1), 7 (2), 11-12 (2), 13 (1), 22 (1), 27 (1)
     MOURNING DOVE: 2-14, 17-18, 22, 24, 26, 28-30
     BARRED OWL: 8-9 (1), 14 (1), 17-18 (1), 20 (1), 22-23 (1), 28 (1)
     COMMON NIGHTHAWK: 3 (1), 7 (3), 17 (1), 22 (1), 23 (14+)
     CHIMNEY SWIFT: 1-3, 7, 10, 13-15, 17, 21
     RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 5 (1), 7 (1), 12-14 (1), 19 (1)
     BELTED KINGFISHER: 1-3 (1), 7 (3), 11 (1), 13-14 (1), 16-17 (1), 19 (1), 20 (2), 21-23 (1),
          27 (1), 28 (2), 29 (3), 30 (2)
     RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 13, 17, 20
     YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 29 (13), 30 (3)
     DOWNY WOODPECKER: 3-5, 8, 12-13, 17, 19-22, 25-26, 28, 30
     HAIRY WOODPECKER: 1, 14, 17, 20-21, 24-26, 28
     NORTHERN FLICKER (Yellow-shafted): 9 (1), 12-13 (2), 14 (3), 17 (4), 19 (7+), 20-21 (3),
          22 (4), 23 (3), 24-25 (2), 26 (3), 27-28 (1), 29 (3), 30 (2)
     AMERICAN KESTREL: 3 (1♀), 24 (1)
     OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 3 (1), 5 (1)
     EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE: 1 (1), 3-5 (1), 13 (1)
     LEAST FLYCATCHER: 7 (1), 8 (3), 12 (1)
     Empidonax sp.: 3-4 (1), 8 (3)
     EASTERN PHOEBE: 12 (1), 19 (1), 27 (1), 29 (3), 30 (2)
     GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 8 (1)
     EASTERN KINGBIRD: 1 (5), 2 (2), 3 (3), 4 (4), 5 (1), 8-9 (2), 11 (3), 13-14 (2), 17 (1)
     BLUE-HEADED VIREO: 8-9 (1), 29 (1)
     WARBLING VIREO: 2, 4 (4), 5 (2), 7 (3), 8
     PHILADELPHIA VIREO: 12 (2)
     RED-EYED VIREO: 7 (1), 8 (3), 11 (3)
     BLUE JAY: 2-9, 11-14, 17-30
     AMERICAN CROW: 1-3, 5, 7-14, 17, 20, 22-27, 30
     PURPLE MARTIN: 4 (4), 7 (1)
     TREE SWALLOW: 12-13, 17, 21
     BANK SWALLOW: 12
     CLIFF SWALLOW: 2, 7, 12, 17
     BARN SWALLOW: 1, 5, 7-8, 10-13, 15-17, 21, 29
     BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE: 1, 3-5, 7, 9-10, 12-13, 17, 19-26, 28-30
     WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1, 4-5, 7-9, 11, 13, 19-20, 22
     HOUSE WREN: 1-2, 8 (1), 9 (3), 11, 12-14 (1), 17 (1), 20 (1), 23-25 (1), 29 (2)
     WINTER WREN: 30 (1)
     MARSH WREN: 27 (1)
     RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 19 (3), 23-24 (1), 29 (5), 30 (1)
     EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 2 (9), 5 (1), 17 (10+), 20 (3), 24 (14), 25, 30 (2)
     SWAINSON’S THRUSH: 17 (1), 19 (1)
     HERMIT THRUSH: 29 (3)
     AMERICAN ROBIN: 1, 10, 12-13, 15, 17, 20-23, 26-27, 29-30
     GRAY CATBIRD: 1, 5, 7, 12-14, 19, 22-25, 28
     EUROPEAN STARLING: 3, 9, 13, 16-17, 20, 23, 27, 29-30
     CEDAR WAXWING: 1 (2), 4 (15), 11 (1), 13 (6), 25 (~20)
     OVENBIRD: 8 (1)
     NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 14 (1), 20 (1)
     GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER: 2 (1)
     BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1-2 (2), 4 (2), 8 (1)
     ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 20 (1), 26 (1), 29 (1)
     NASHVILLE WARBLER: 8 (3), 19 (1), 24-25 (10, 29 (1)
     MOURNING WARBLER: 29 (1)
     COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1-2, 7 (1), 9, 13, 17 (3), 19-20, 23 (1), 26 (2), 27 (1), 29-30
     AMERICAN REDSTART: 1-2 (1), 7 (1♂), 8 (4), 17 (2), 30 (1)
     MAGNOLIA WARBLER: 8 (2), 11 (1), 13 (1), 16 (1)
     YELLOW WARBLER: 8 (1)
     CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER: 8 (3), 13 (1)
     PALM WARBLER: 30 (2)
     YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Myrtle): 8 (2), 13 (1), 19 (10+), 23 (1), 24 (3+), 25 (3),
          26 (4), 29 (100+), 30 (20+)
     BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER: 30 (1)
     WILSON’S WARBLER: 3 (1♂), 5 (1♂), 7 (2♂), 8 (1♂), 13 (1♀)
     CHIPPING SPARROW: 2 (1), 17, 20
     SONG SPARROW: 1, 3, 9-10, 13, 17, 23, 27 (1)
     LINCOLN’S SPARROW: 20 (2), 23 (4), 24 (2), 26-27 (3), 29-30 (3)
     SWAMP SPARROW: 20 (1), 23 (1), 27 (1), 29-30 (4)
     WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 22 (3), 29 (10+), 30
     DARK-EYED JUNCO (Slate-colored): 29 (3)
     NORTHERN CARDINAL: 3-5, 7-10, 12, 18-20, 23-24, 28-29
     ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: 8 (1)
     INDIGO BUNTING: 2 (1 im), 4 (1), 11 (2), 15 (1), 16 (~5)
     RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 2, 9, 14 (~15), 15, 21-22, 24-30
     COMMON GRACKLE: 26 (20+), 27, 29-30
     BALTIMORE ORIOLE: 7 (1♂), 8 (1)
     HOUSE FINCH: 1, 10-12, 26-27
     AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1-17, 19-30
     HOUSE SPARROW: 1-5, 8, 13-17, 19-27, 29-30

MAMMALIAN
     WHITE-TAILED DEER: 24 (1)
     FOX SQUIRREL: 1, 3-5, 10-13, 15-16, 19, 22-24, 26-30
     THIRTEEN-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL: 2 (1)
     EASTERN CHIPMUNK: 6, 21
     MEADOW VOLE: 20 (1)
     EASTERN COTTONTAIL: 1-3, 5, 7-14, 17-21, 24-28

REPTILIAN
     PLAINS GARTER SNAKE: 1 (1)
     Garter Snake sp.: 19 (1), 25 (1)
     NORTHERN PAINTED TURTLE: 1-5, 7-17, 19-23, 25-26, 28-30
     RED-EARED SLIDER: 12 (1), 14 (1), 16 (1), 25 (1)
     EASTERN SPINY SOFTSHELL: 1 (1)

AMPHIBIAN
     AMERICAN TOAD: 2-3, 17-18. 23
     BLANCHARD’S CRICKET FROG: 11-12, 17, 19
     EASTERN GRAY TREE FROG: 16
     AMERICAN BULLFROG: 1-4, 7-10, 12-30
     NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG: 1-3, 5, 7-12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25-28

LEPIDOPTERA
     BLACK SWALLOWTAIL: 1-5, 8-11, 17, 20-21, 28
     EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL: 1, 9
     CABBAGE WHITE: 1-5, 7-12, 14-17, 19-29
     ORANGE SULPHUR: 1-5, 7-12, 14-17, 19-30
     Sulphur sp.: 1-5, 7-9, 14, 19-20, 22, 29
     EASTERN TAILED-BLUE: 1-5, 7, 9, 11, 20
     PEARL CRESCENT: 1-5, 9, 11-12, 14, 16, 19-23, 25-30
     QUESTION MARK: 4, 29
     EASTERN COMMA: 28
     RED ADMIRAL: 9-10, 13, 20-21
     COMMON BUCKEYE: 3, 5, 10, 21
     VICEROY: 1-4, 7, 9-14, 16-17, 19-25
     MONARCH: 1 (19), 2 (10), 3 (22), 4 (32), 5 (10), 7 (19), 8 (29), 9 (26), 10 (22), 11 (11),
          12 (9), 13 (6), 14 (15), 15 (9), 16 (11), 17 (18), 18 (1), 19 (3), 20-22 (5), 23-24 (8), 25 (6),
          27 (2), 28 (3), 29 (2)
     LEAST SKIPPER: 7
     PECK’S SKIPPER: 11
     Skipper sp.: 28
     CHICKWEED GEOMETER: 3, 8, 24, 27
     WOOLLY BEAR (ISABELLA TIGER MOTH): 4, 13, 19, 25, 27, 30

ODONATE
     GREAT SPREADWING: 21 (1), 26 (1)
     Spreadwing sp.: 21 (2)
     BLUE-FRONTED DANCER: 1-3, 8-10, 14-16, 21, 23
     DOUBLE-STRIPED BLUET: 2, 4, 15, 21, 24
     TULE BLUET: 15
     FAMILIAR BLUET: 1-4, 8-17, 19-25, 28-29
     STREAM BLUET: 2-3, 5, 9, 12, 15
     ORANGE BLUET: 9-10, 15, 17, 26
     Bluet sp.: 1-2, 4-5, 9-10, 15, 22, 26
     EASTERN FORKTAIL: 1-5, 8-10, 12, 15-17, 19, 25, 28
     SHADOW DARNER: 12 (2), 21 (1), 30 (1)
     COMMON GREEN DARNER: 1-7, 9, 11-17, 20-22, 24-25, 27, 29-30
     “Blue Mosaic” Darner sp.: 5 (1), 10 (1), 12 (2), 13 (3), 14 (2), 19, 20 (2), 21-22 (1), 23 (4+)
     FLAG-TAILED SPINYLEG: 2-3 (1), 10 (1), 21 (1)
     PRINCE BASKETTAIL: 1, 8-9, 17, 21
     EASTERN PONDHAWK: 1, 5, 11-12, 16, 21
     WIDOW SKIMMER: 1-5, 7-14, 16-17, 19-20, 22, 26, 29
     COMMON WHITETAIL: 9, 11, 27
     TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER: 2-4, 9
     BLUE DASHER: 1, 4, 9-10, 17
     WANDERING GLIDER: 4-5, 14 ,21, 24, 30
     EASTERN AMBERWING: 1-4, 9-10, 14-15
     VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK: 4, 7-8, 10-11
     SAFFRON-WINGED MEADODWHAWK: 3 (1)
     CHERRY-FACED MEADOWHAWK: 16
     WHITE-FACED MEADOWHAWK: 3, 7, 12, 15, 17, 19-22, 24-27
     RUBY MEADOWHAWK: 8
     BAND-WINGED MEADOWHAWK: 17, 21, 25
     AUTUMN MEADOWHAWK: 19
     Meadowhawk sp.: 2-5, 9-12, 14, 17, 24, 28-29
     BLACK SADDLEBAGS: 2-5, 7-10, 14-17, 20-21

ORTHOPTERA
     CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER: 1-5, 7-12, 14-17, 19-22, 25-28, 30
     NORTHWESTERN RED-WINGED GRASSHOPPER: 3
     AUTUMN YELLOW-WINGED GRASSHOPPER: 17, 20, 28

Wolf. Oesterreich

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oct 2, 2015: Bridge Over Calm Water


The bridge and its reflection on the calm waters of the south lake, looking NW from the east lakes trail. 5/10/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 1, 2015: Bullfrog


An American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) sitting on an exposed rip-rap rock (NW corner of the north lake's west bay). 10/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)