Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015: November 2015 Photo Collage


November 2015 photos from the blog by Wolf. Oesterreich, Kevin Kane, Tana Clark Tesdall, Ellen Fairchild, Paul Domoto, and Debbie Gray. This month had the largest guest contributors of photos since the start of the blog four years ago. Thanks everyone!

Nov 29, 2015: A Wonderful Autumn


As we close out November, we can celebrate the weather which has been unusually mild this autumn, allowing lots of activity at the park.  It's also brought some wonderfully foggy mornings (nice for photos!), like this one in late October. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Nov 28, 2015: Dusk Reflections


Canada Geese head out to feed one more time in the fading light.  (looking NW from the east side of the south lake.) 11/28/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nov 27, 2015: Golden


The sun sets behind the water tower, as viewed from the lakes trail on the east side of the south lake. 11/24/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 26, 2015: Seven Swans a Swimming...Really


Posted on the FoAHHP on 11/28/15 by Debbie Gray

Nov 25, 2015: Ring-billed Gull


A single Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) was found at the main parking lot (left).  When a car drove by it took flight (right).  Later, the gull was found swimming on the south lake. 11/22/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 24, 2015: Setting Sun


The sun starts to set behind the trees located at SE corner of Pool F. 11/23/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 19, 2015: Trout Release


Chris Larson, DNR research technician, prepares to release rainbow trout into the water at Ada Hayden Park on Thursday (11/19). 
Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune image

Trout release draws anglers to Ada Hayden Lake
From the Ames Tribune
By Austin Harrington
Staff Writer
aharrington@amestrib.com

Anglers fought the wind and lined the banks along the north side of the Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Thursday waiting for more than 2,000 rainbow trout to be released at noon. Stocking the lake with trout is part of the Urban Lakes Trout Program, an effort to introduce trout fishing to fishing enthusiasts across the state.

DNR research technician Chris Larson said the event always brings people out to the lakes all around the state of Iowa.
- See more at: http://amestrib.com/news/trout-release-draws-anglers-ada-hayden-lake#sthash.5gnt6ml4.dpuf

Trout release draws anglers to Ada Hayden Lake





Anglers fought the wind and lined the banks along the north side of the Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Thursday waiting for more than 2,000 rainbow trout to be released at noon. Stocking the lake with trout is part of the Urban Lakes Trout Program, an effort to introduce trout fishing to fishing enthusiasts across the state.
DNR research technician Chris Larson said the event always brings people out to the lakes all around the state of Iowa.
- See more at: http://amestrib.com/news/trout-release-draws-anglers-ada-hayden-lake#sthash.5gnt6ml4.dpuf

Nov 18, 2015: American White Pelican


This American White Pelican was coming in for a landing at Pond J.  After a another lap around the main lakes I found that a second pelican had joined the first one. 11/17/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 17, 2015: American Bullfrogs


Despite it being the middle of November, these American Bullfrogs were found at Jensen Pond. 11/17/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 16, 2015: Northern Hills


A northward view from the lakes trail, just east of the bluff spur.  (In the near future there will be houses lining the north slope.) 11/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nov 15, 2015: Geese Returning


Geese are returning to the park in ever larger numbers. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Nov 14, 2015: One Year Ago


Nov 15, 2014: Outflow Channel
The outflow channel from Pool F during a light snowfall. 11/15/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 13, 2015: Hornet Nest


This probable nest of the Bald-faced Hornet was found in the woods next to the "Circle of Life" (Upland Trail, NW corner). 11/13/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nov 12, 2015: American Coot


This duck-like (although not a duck) American Coot was found at Jensen Pond.  Coots are members of the Rail Family (Rallidae). 11/13/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 11, 2015: Jensen Pond


Now that the leaves are off the trees, this is one of the last monthly photos from this spot that we'll see without the new residential development behind Jensen Pond to the north.  10/30/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

If you've never been to the pond, now is the time to visit and enjoy the peace and solitude of the place because it is about to change drastically.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nov 10, 2015: Wilson's Snipe


One to two Wilson's Snipes have been found at the Park since the 8th.  This lone bird was found below Pool F's outflow culvert. 11/10/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov 9, 2015: Great Egret


Great Egret. 11/8/15 (Tana Clark Tesdall)

Nov 8, 2015: American Black Ducks


Two American Black Ducks have been observed at Pool F since the 6th.  In this digiscoped photograph they are surrounded by Mallards. 11/10/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 7, 2015: Black-crowned Night-Heron


One of the two immature Black-crowned Night-Herons found at Pond L this afternoon is shown in this photograph.  It's a bit late in the season for this species. 11/6/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nov 4, 2015: Serene North Lake


A westward (composite) view across the calm north lake on Sunday morning. 11/1/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 3, 2015: A Beautiful Foggy Autumn Morning


It seems the beauty of the colors of the park are sometimes enhanced by the fog - but you have to look closely! 11/3/15 (Kevin Kane)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nov 2, 2015: Wolf's October Wildlife Report


This Surf Scoter (probable 1st Winter) was present for at least 6 days this month (on the north and south lakes).  Many times it was in the company of Pied-billed Grebes. 10/13/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

A total of 96 (+ 2 sp.) avian species was recorded this month, ranking this month as the 10th highest October (tied with October 2006) among 18 years of records.  October 2007 with 108 species remains as the highest October, while October 2003 with 55 species remains as the lowest.  This total is 15 species less than last month and 5 more than October 2014.

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 Surf Scoter sightings from the 13th to the 18th may represent only the 7th record for Story County.  The female Bufflehead sighting on the 13th and the Herring Gull on the 20th may represent new extreme early Fall records (former records set on 14 Oct 2014 at AHHP and 26 Oct 2003 at AHHP, respectively) for Story County.  The White-rumped Sandpiper on the 14th and the Northern Waterthrush on the 6th-7th may set new extreme late Fall records (former records set on 28 Aug 1990 at Colo Ponds and 26 Sep 1982 at Brookside Park, respectively).  The Magnolia Warbler on the 1st ties the extreme late Fall record, set in 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: 1-31
     WOOD DUCK: 1, 2 (2), 3, 4 (6), 5 (17), 6-9, 10 (15), 11 (13), 12 (13+), 13 (20+), 14-19,
          20 (23+), 21 (47+), 22, 23 (44+), 24, 25 (8), 26 (12+), 27 (50+), 28, 29 (2), 30 (8+),
          31 (1)
     GADWALL: 13 (1♂ + 1♀), 14, 15 (6), 19 (2), 20 (9), 21 (5), 22 (13), 23 (15+), 24,
          25 (19+), 26 (11+), 27 (12+), 28, 29 (13)
     AMERICAN WIGEON: 1 (5+), 2 (6), 3, 4 (3), 5 (2), 6 (6), 7, 8 (2), 9, 10 (6), 11 93), 12 (10),
          13 (7), 14-15, 16 (7), 17, 18 (4+), 19 (5+), 21 (12), 22 (13), 23 (6), 24, 25-26 (1)
     MALLARD: 1-31
     BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 1, 3, 5, 7-8, 12 (5), 13 (77+), 14-16
     NORTHERN SHOVELER: 1 (13+), 2 (2), 3, 4 (3), 5 (7), 6-9, 10 (6), 11 (3), 12 (5), 15,
          20 (13+), 22 (4), 23 (11), 24, 25-26 (3), 27 (8+), 29 (6+), 30 (9+)
     NORTHERN PINTAIL: 2 (3), 3, 5 (5), 6 (12), 7 (9), 8 (5), 9 (1), 10 (6), 11 (3), 12 (8), 13 (2),
          14 (3), 15 (11), 16 (7), 17-18, 19 (22+), 20 (14+), 21 (9), 22 (1), 23 (4), 24
     GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 4 (5), 5 (2), 6, 8 (6), 11 (5), 12 (4), 13 (15+), 15, 19, 20 (8+),
          21 (8), 22 (32+), 23 (23+), 24, 25 (22+), 26 (24+), 27 (11+), 28, 29 (2), 30 (20+)
     REDHEAD: 11 (1♂), 25 (1♂ + 1♀)
     RING-NECKED DUCK: 7 (1♀), 10 (2♂), 13 (2♂), 22 (5)
     SURF SCOTER: 13-18 (1 1st Winter or ♀)
     BUFFLEHEAD: 13 (1♀), 25 (1♂ + 5♀)
     HOODED MERGANSER: 6-7 (1), 10 (1♀), 13 (1♀), 20 (1♀), 27 (1♀)
     RUDDY DUCK: 11-12 (1♂), 14 (7)
     RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1-8, 10, 13-17, 20-31
     PIED-BILLED GREBE: 1 (2), 2 (3), 3 (1), 4-5 (3), 6 (2), 7 (40), 8 (5), 9 (6), 10-11 (2),
          12 (4), 13 (7), 14 (21), 15 (8), 16 (7), 17 (3), 19 (2), 22 (14), 23 (2), 24 (3), 25 (2),
          26 (1), 27 (2), 28 (3), 29-30 (2), 31 (4)
     DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 1-3 (3), 4 (14), 5 (2), 6 (3), 7-8 (2), 9-10 (1), 12 (1),
          16 (1)
     AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 8 (1), 10-12 (1), 14 (1), 16 (1), 17 (1 + 23), 18-23 (1)
     GREAT BLUE HERON: 1-2 (3), 3 (5), 4 (4), 5-6 (3), 7 (6), 8 (4), 9 (3), 10 (5), 11 (8), 12 (3),
          13-14 (4), 15 (2), 16-17 (3), 18 (5), 19 (4), 20 (3), 21 (5), 22 (2), 23-24 (4), 25 (3),
          26 (8), 27 (7), 28 (5), 29 (3), 30 (4), 31 (5)
     GREAT EGRET: 1 (2), 2 (1), 3 (2), 4 (3), 5-6 (2), 7 (3), 8 (13), 9-10 (3), 11 (4), 12 (3),
          13-16 (1), 19 (1), 20-21 (2), 23 (1), 25-28 (1), 29-31 (2)
     BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 1 (1 im), 3-4 (1 im), 6 (1 im), 7 (2 ad), 9 (1 im),
          12 (1 im), 13 (1 ad + 2 im)
     TURKEY VULTURE: 1-2 (3), 4 (1), 8 (7), 9 (1), 10 (4), 11 (5), 12-13 (2), 15 (1)
     OSPREY: 2 (1), 4 (1), 7-8 (1), 10-13 (1), 18 (1), 21 (1)
     BALD EAGLE: 22 (1 ad + 1 im), 25 (2 ad), 27 (2 ad)
     NORTHERN HARRIER: 25 (1 brown)
     SHARP-SHINNED HAWK: 2 (1), 5-6 (1), 18 (1), 24 (1 ad)
     COOPER’S HAWK: 2 (1), 4-5 (1), 7 (1), 10 (1 im), 12 (1), 14 (1), 20 (1 im)
     Accipiter sp.: 25 (1), 31 (1)
     RED-TAILED HAWK: 1 (2), 2 (1), 4-5 (1), 11 (1), 19 (1), 22-23 (1)
     AMERICAN COOT: 1 (1), 4 (1), 7 (40+), 8 (17+), 9, 10 (13), 11 (5), 12 (26), 13 (25+),
          14 (36+), 15 (31+), 16 (8), 19 (7+), 22 (10), 23 (9+), 24, 25 (1), 27 (2), 30 (1)
     KILLDEER: 4 (2), 5 (4+), 7 (1), 9 (6), 10 (17), 12 (7), 13 (6), 14 (7), 15 (2), 18 (1), 20 (6),
          21-23 (1), 25-26 (2), 27 (1)
     GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 9-10 (2), 11-12 (4), 16 (1), 19 (1), 24 (1)
     WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER: 10 (1), 14 (1)
     SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 14 (2)
     WILSON’S SNIPE: 10 (16), 11 (5), 12 (9), 13 (10), 14 (3), 16 (3), 19 (1), 20 (5), 26-28 (1),
          31 (1)
     BONAPARTE’S GULL: 22 (1)
     FRANKLIN’S GULL: 1 (12+), 8 (22), 9 (4), 21 (8)
     RING-BILLED GULL: 4-5 (2), 8 (2), 9 (1), 13 (2)
     HERRING GULL: 20 (1)
     ROCK PIGEON: 7 (3)
     EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 21 (1), 23 (2), 24-25 (1)
     MOURNING DOVE: 4-5, 11, 14, 20
     BELTED KINGFISHER: 1 (3), 2 (2), 3 (3), 5-6 (1), 9-14 (1), 16 (1), 19 (1), 22 (1), 23 (2),
          24 (1)
     RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 11-13, 16, 19-20, 22-23, 26-27
     YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 1 (6+), 2-3 (8+), 4 (4), 5 (2), 6 (3), 7 (2), 8 (1),
          10-13 (1),
     DOWNY WOODPECKER: 4-8, 10-12, 14-15, 17, 21-27, 29-31
     HAIRY WOODPECKER: 7, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27
     NORTHERN FLICKER (Yellow-shafted): 1 (4), 2 (1), 3 (2), 4 (3), 6-7 (1), 10 (1), 11 (2),
          13 (1), 21 (1), 28 (1)
     AMERICAN KESTREL: 31 (1♀)
     EASTERN PHOEBE: 1-2 (2), 4 (1), 7 (5), 8 (1), 14 (1)
     RED-EYED VIREO: 1 (1)
     BLUE JAY: 1-14, 16, 20-31
     AMERICAN CROW: 1, 4-5, 7-9, 11-12, 14-16, 18, 21-25, 27-28, 30-31
     BARN SWALLOW: 10 (7)
     BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE: 1-17, 20-31
     WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18-20, 22-23, 25-27, 30-31
     BROWN CREEPER: 7 (1)
     HOUSE WREN: 5 (1), 7-8 (1)
     WINTER WREN: 7 (1), 19-20 (1), 23 (1)
     GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 3 (1), 8-9 (3), 10 (1), 14-15 (1), 17 (1), 22 (2), 23 (4),
          24-26 (1)
     RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 1-2 (1), 4 (3), 5 (2), 6 (3), 7 (7), 8 (11), 9 (2), 10 (6), 11 (3),
          12 (1), 13-15 (3), 16 (5), 17 (1), 18 (4), 19 (2), 20 (7), 22 (2), 23 (1), 24, 25-26 (1),
           27 (2), 28 (1)
     EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 2 (2), 4 (1), 5, 6 (1), 8 (2), 11-12 (5), 16 (14+), 21, 22-23 (1), 25,
          16 (~20), 27 (1), 31
     HERMIT THRUSH: 6 (2), 7 (1), 9-10 (1), 11 (3), 12 (4), 19 (2), 22 (1), 26 (1)
     AMERICAN ROBIN: 1, 3-31
     GRAY CATBIRD: 1 (1), 6-7 (1)
     EUROPEAN STARLING: 1-5, 8, 10, 12-14, 20-22, 25, 28-31
     AMERICAN PIPIT: 22 (1)
     CEDAR WAXWING: 2 (3), 3 (~6), 4 (18+), 5 (4+), 7, 9 (4), 10 (3+), 11 (7+), 13 (15+),
          14 (2+), 15 (5+), 16 (7+), 18 (~20), 20-21 (10+), 25, 27
     NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 6-7 (1)
     ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 2 (1), 4 (1), 5-7 (2), 8 (1), 18 (1), 20-21 (2)
     NASHVILLE WARBLER: 1 (1), 5 (1)
     COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 2 (1), 4 (2), 5 (1), 14 (1)
     MAGNOLIA WARBLER: 1 (1)
     PALM WARBLER: 1 (2)
     YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Myrtle): 1 (15+), 2 (20+), 3 (11+), 4 (15+), 5 (17+),
          6 (20+), 7 (24+), 8 (15+), 9, 10 (12+), 11 (13+), 12 (4+), 13 (2+), 14 (3+), 15 (6+),
          16 (1), 18 (1), 20 (1), 25 (2), 26 (1)
     BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER: 7 (1)
     AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 23 (4)
     CHIPPING SPARROW: 2 (4), 3-5, 8, 10-11, 13, 31 (1)
     FIELD SPARROW: 15 (1), 23 (1), 26 (1), 31 (1)
     SAVANNAH SPARROW: 5 (1), 31 (1)
     LE CONTE’S SPARROW: 1 (1)
     FOX SPARROW: 8 (2), 12 (2), 13-15 (1), 16 (4), 17, 18-19 (1), 20 (2), 21-22 (9), 23 (7+),
          24 (2), 28 (2), 29 (1), 31 (2)
     SONG SPARROW: 1-4 (1), 5 (2), 6, 7 (5), 8 (7+), 9 (2), 10, 11 (4), 12 (2), 13 (10+),
          14 (12+), 15 (5+), 16 (13+), 17, 18 (9), 19 (2+), 20 (5+), 21 (6+), 22 (17+), 23 (20+),
          24 (13+), 25 (5+), 26 (12+), 27 (4), 28, 29 (7+), 30 (3+), 31 (3)
     LINCOLN’S SPARROW: 1-2 (2), 4 (1), 5-6 (3), 7 (1), 8 (2), 9-10 (1), 11 (3), 12 (1), 13 (5),
          14 (3), 15 (2), 16 (1), 17, 18 (3), 19-20 (1), 23 (4), 25-26 (1), 29-31 (1)
     SWAMP SPARROW: 1 (12+), 2 (14+), 3-4 (6+), 5-6 (5+), 7 (9+), 8 (6+), 9, 10 (6+),
          11 (4+), 13 (1+), 14-15 (3+), 16 (6), 17, 18 (4+), 19 (1+), 20 (2), 21 (3), 22-23 (8+),
          25 (2), 26 (3), 27 (1), 29-30 (1)
     WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 1, 2 (20+), 3-6, 7 (100+), 8-14, 15 (13+), 16 (11+), 17,
          18 (8+), 19 (3+), 20 (2), 21 (8+), 22 (7+), 23 (16+), 24, 27 (4), 28, 29 (1), 31 (1)
     HARRIS’S SPARROW: 2 (1), 12 (2), 13 91), 14 (2), 15 (3), 16 (2), 17, 18-19 (3), 21-22 (1),
          23 (5), 25 (3), 27 (5), 29 (4), 30 (1), 31 (10)
     WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW: 1 (5), 2 (14+), 3 (3+), 4 (5), 5-7 (2), 8 (5+), 9 (2), 10 (4),
          11 (1), 12 (5+), 13 (11+), 14 (19+), 15-16 (8+), 17, 18 (3+), 19 (2+), 20-21 (1), 22 (3),
          23 (60+), 24 (6), 26 (5+), 27 (10+), 28, 29 (15+), 30 (5+), 31 (2)
     DARK-EYED JUNCO (Slate-colored): 1-2 (2), 3 (1), 4 (3), 7 (8+), 8 (3+), 9, 10 (2), 12 (1),
          13 (9+), 14 (2), 15 (10), 16 (2), 18 (1), 20 (11+), 21 (7), 22-23 (18+), 25 (12+),
          26-27 (9+), 28, 29 (1), 31 (19)
     NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1, 5, 8, 12-13, 21, 23, 25-27, 29, 31
     RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 1, 3, 5-23, 25-27, 29-30
     RUSTY BLACKBIRD: 12 (4), 14 (5), 19 (5+), 20 (6+), 25 (2), 26 (7), 27 (30+), 28 (3),
          30 (3)
     COMMON GRACKLE: 1, 3, 6-8, 11-12, 24 (~20), 25
     Blackbird sp.: 29-31
     HOUSE FINCH: 1-2, 5, 11, 15-16, 22-23, 25, 31
     AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1-31
     HOUSE SPARROW: 1-16, 19-25, 27-31

MAMMALIAN
     AMERICAN MINK: 18 (1)
     RACCOON: 17 (1)
     WHITE-TAILED DEER: 8 (2), 9 (♀ w/1 yearling + 2), 10 (2), 13 (1), 14 (5), 16 (1), 17 (3),
          18 (1), 20 (4), 29 (6), 30 (5)
     FOX SQUIRREL: 1-2, 4-11, 15, 20-23, 25-28, 30-31
     THIRTEEN-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL: 5 (1)
     EASTERN CHIPMUNK: 11
     MUSKRAT: 24 (1)
     EASTERN COTTONTAIL: 2-3, 5-6, 8, 13, 17, 19, 24

REPTILIAN
     PLAINS GARTERSNAKE: 12 (1)
     COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE: 8 (1), 22 (1)
     NORTHERN PAINTED TURTLE: 1 (25+), 2-10, 12-15, 16 (1), 18 (11+), 19-20, 21 (10),
          24 (5), 25 (4+), 26 (1)
     RED-EARED SLIDER: 1 (2), 9 (1), 13 (2)

AMPHIBIAN
     AMERICAN TOAD: 23 (1)
     BOREAL CHORUS FROG: 9, 24-28, 30
     AMERICAN BULLFROG: 1-3, 5-8, 11, 18, 20-23, 25
     NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG: 8, 12-13, 21 (3), 28 (8)

LEPIDOPTERA
     BLACK SWALLOWTAIL: 7 (1), 10 (1)
     CABBAGE WHITE: 2-3, 5-9, 12
     ORANGE SULPHUR: 1-2, 5-7, 9-10, 12-15, 18, 20-22, 24 (8), 25
     Sulphur sp.: 1, 3, 5-7, 13, 15, 18, 20-22, 25-26
     EASTERN TAILED-BLUE: 6
     PEARL CRESCENT: 1-2, 5-6, 12-13, 15, 21, 24-25 (1)
     QUESTION MARK: 6 (3), 13 (1)
     EASTERN COMMA: 10 (2), 24 (1)
     RED ADMIRAL: 10 (1)
     COMMON BUCKEYE: 25 (1)
     VICEROY: 5 (1)
     MONARCH: 2-3 (1), 6-8 (1)
     WOOLLY BEAR (Isabella Tiger Moth): 2, 9-16, 18, 20, 24-27, 29-30
Other “bears” (black, yellow, brown, golden, etc.) may be color variations of the Woolly Bear or other Arctiidae species:

ODONATA
     FAMILIAR BLUET: 7 (1)
     EASTERN FORKTAIL: 7 (1), 13 (1♂)
     COMMON GREEN DARNER: 2 (1), 7 (2)
     “Blue Mosaic” DARNER sp.: 5 (1), 14 (2), 16 (1)
     Darner sp.: 2 (1), 22 (1)
     WIDOW SKIMMER: 6 (1)
     WANDERING GLIDER: 1, 18 (1)
     VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK: 18 (1)
     CHERRY-FACED MEADOWHAWK: 2, 6-7, 12-13, 15, 18, 21
     WHITE-FACED MEADOWHAWK: 1-2, 5-6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
     Meadowhawk sp.: 2-3, 8-10, 20-22, 24 (1)

ORTHOPTERA
     CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER: 8, 10-11

Wolf. Oesterreich

Nov 1, 2015: Sights from an Autumn Walk


Our walk around Ada Hayden Park. 11/1/15 (Ellen Fairchild)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Oct 31, 2015: October 2015 Photo Collage


October 2015 photos from the blog by Wolf. Oesterreich and Kevin Kane.

Oct 30, 2015: Woolly Bears


It's that time of year to be watchful of Banded Woolly Bears crossing the trails.  The orange-and-black form is the most common., but they can also be wholly blond, brown, rust, and tan.  The second photograph shows another variant form.  Why they cross the trail is puzzling as they eat virtually anything.  Such movement exposes them to unnecessary risks.  "Rural legend" states that the narrower the orange band, the colder the Winter. 10/26/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Oct 29, 2015: Cleared for Landing


Two geese touch down at sunrise on the south lake. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Oct 28, 2015: Mallards


Two mallards share s floating tree branch on the south lake. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)