June 2020: Describe your walk by adding a comment below

Each time you go out and make observations for this project, describe your walk by adding a comment to this post. Include the date, distance walked, and categories that you used for this walk.

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Date. Place. Distance walked today. Total distance for this project.
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Brief description of the area, what you saw, what you learned, who was with you, or any other details you care to share.

Publicado por erikamitchell erikamitchell, 01 de junho de 2020, 02:36 TARDE

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June 1, 2020. Coddington Farm, Warren, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 786.75 miles total
category: insects

I didn't have much time tonight so walked in this local park and an historical home and looked for bugs. I found white snakeroot leaf mines, some insect on pine that looked like hemlock wooly adelgids, plantain beetle mines, ants tending aphids on cleavers, ground ivy galls, ants on a peony, a carpenter ant, ants tending treehoppers on thistle, and aphids on garlic mustard.

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June 2, 2020. Mountain Park, Liberty Corner, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 787 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

Today Molly and I walked together and Katie went off exploring on her own at these local ballfields bordering on woods. It was a beautiful evening and lots of people were out. We picked some clovers so Becca could make a new flower crown without poison hemlock this time.

Booming we found: white, red and alsike clover, black medic, hop clover, least hop clover, birdsfoot trefoil, yellow sweet clover, wintercress, field mustard, a big vetch (hairy?) and smooth tare, curly dock, sheep sorrel, dandelion, purple deadnettle, rose, dewberry, thymeleaved speedwell, cleavers, hedge bedstraw, daisy fleabane, orchard grass, and a sedge

critter-wise we found: a black beetle with red pronotum, a planthopper, a dark flying insect that might have been a caddisfly, a dead cranefly (looked like an assassin bug got it), goldenrod stem galls from last year, and plantain leaf beetle mines in both a broad plantain and English.

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June 3, 2020. Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 787.5 miles total.
Categories: blooming, insects

I took a brief walk around the main parking lot in the center of this park in the afternoon, mostly looking for leafmines, but blooming I found deerberry, which is unusual for me, plus some sedges I don't know and red sand spurrey.

As to critters: there were tupelo leaf galls, a flower longhorn, ironwood galls, beech galls, an american carrion beetle (with no carrion in sight), a wierd gall in blueberry leaves like a light colored indent from a (human)finger, oak shothole mines, maple ocellate galls, a goldenbacked snipe fly, a katydid nymph, a couple ants, and plantain leaf mines.

In the evening Katie and Molly and I walked in the same park at the western edge. They ran ahead but I looked for blooms and insects (until it started really raining). Blooming were several sedges, oxy-eye daisy, cinquefoil and arrowwood (an unusual one for me). Not many critters, though, just elm cockscomb galls.

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It's great to hear of your adventures out and about! Your leaf miner finds are amazing. I've been looking at leaves a lot this month. I've found leaf galls, but no mines so far. I need to train my eyes to look. I'm way behind on processing photos. It's on the top of my list, but I just haven't gotten there yet.

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June is usually where I lose the race to post what I find, and I end up posting them in December. But there's so much out there to look at I don't want to be stuck behind the computer!

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June 6, 2020. Kantor Park and Morristown Rd., Gillette, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 788 miles total
Categories: blooming, insects

Molly and I walked at Kantor through swampy woods along the Passaic River, and then later I walked along the edge of the road by the railroad crossing.

Unusual finds at Kantor were Gray's sedge and whorled loosestrife plus some lawn mushrooms. The creeping Jenny was also blooming very prettily. And by the RR tracks I found a rose that might have been Carolina or sweetbriar, neither of which I see often.

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June 8, 2020. Sons of Liberty Park, Liberty Corner, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 788.75 miles total
Categories: flowers, mines, galls

Molly, Katie, and I went up to this quirky park with woods and pond (owned by a man who posted a hand painted sign of the pledge of allegiance at the corner of his property to protest the building of a nearby development). Katie went around on her own but Molly walked with me.

Interesting finds included jetbead, stargrass, sawfly larvae on a grape leaf, marsh bedstraw, beardtongue, comfrey, moonseed, early blue violet leaves, and lots and lots of leafmines.

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June 9, 2020 Red Hill section, Warren, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 789.25 miles total
categories: leafmines and flowers

I noticed I'd never posted anything from this neighborhood so drove up and parked and walked a bit along a somewhat overgrown and mucky section of various people's lawns. I passed many walkers. I'm a bit of a sight, in my boot, with a broad brimmed hat, walking slowly and taking photos of "nothing". Two little girls rode by on bike and scooter and on the way back the younger one said "what is she doing?" and her sister told her, "taking photos of cool things, like snakes." I'd have loved to have found a snake, but the most interesting animal was just a deer.

Part of the road was a dead end without even a driveway, and growing out of a crack right in the middle of it was a big mullein plant. I found lots of sedges and leafmines and what might be oregano, plus Rorippa and, oddly, a wild-looking lungwort, the second one I've seen in woods looking like it was not planted there in town.

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June 12, 2020. Chimney Rock Park, Martinsville, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 789.5 miles total
Categories: flowers, leafmines.

Molly and Katie and I went to this local park today because Katie wanted to go draw in the woods and I knew where there was an ancient picnic table completely surrounded by woods and brush. Someone had covered it in graffiti since the last time I was there, but it was probably an improvement as I doubt it's been painted in decades.

I found an English plantain with some kind of issue, which made it grow a rosette of leaves just below the flowerhead, like giant bracts. Weird. There was a flea beetle on milkweed, an Agrilus beetle on rose. Plus I found catalpa in bud (Katie thinks the name Catalpa bignonoides is the funniest scientific name ever, but i think this was C. speciosa) and an actual privet that wasn't border privet, for once. They are blooming now, so I try to get privet photos wherever I go.

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June 13, 2020. Farmstead Park, Basking Ridge, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 790 miles total
Categories: flowers, leafmines, galls

Molly and I walked this old farm by the river. I found lots of leafmines and she helped me find galls as well. Interesting plants included lizard's tail (unfortunatly not blooming) and hedge-hyssop, plus cuckooflower and trumpet creeper.

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June 15, 2020. Bedminster, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 790.25 miles total
Category: white flowers.

Molly and I went for a drive through Bedminster, which is extremely wealthy farm country, and then along a wooded river (and finally, accidentally, straight through the middle of the president's golf course; luckily he'd left town the day before). We stopped at various pull outs and photographed what we could find. At the very first stop I pointed out the window and asked Molly if she knew what the white flowers were (meaning the gray dogwood shrub) she said, what, the white clovers? We got out and proceeded to also find blooming in this one spot: foxglove beardtongue, Japanese honeysuckle, border privet, hedge bedstraw, Philadelphia fleabane, English plantain, ox eye daisies, and a brand new plant for me: seaside brookweed (Samolus parviflorus). All 9 of which had white flowers. So it became a joke and at every stop we looked specifically for the white flowers (though I still had my eye out for leaf mines as well).

The only other white flower we found was daisy fleabane, but there was an Allium I don't know and a forget me not, both of which were almost white. And a lot of yellow clovers and very purple vetches.

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June 16, 2020. Warren, NJ. 0.5 miles today. 790.75 miles total
categories: blooming, leaf mines

I dropped Becca at the dentist today and then walked through a nearby field while waiting for her to be done. Then in the evening I just needed to get away from everyone for a bit and drove up the road across from me and walked along the brook (normally I'd have walked, but my foot is still sore). I was surprised to find highbush blueberries with fruit already blue (though not quite ripe). There were lots of leaf mines especially in oak and birch at the first location, and buttercup, violet , and mustard at the second. Plus only the second iNat record ever of a particular leafmine in Virginia creeper.

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June 17, 2020. Hoffheimer Trail, Warren, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 791.25 miles total
categories: flowers, leaf mines

Molly and Carl walked with me after dinner at the old, abandoned grotto and an artificial pond here as the light was fading. We found a very placid frog that let us scoop it up before freaking out and hopping away. There were black raspberries with fruit but still red. There's and escaped patch of Deutzia here and it was in full bloom, lovely in the dusk. I saw the first open yarrow flowers of the year. There was Krigia, which I've never seen here before.

I was hoping for bladderwort flowers as I'd found the leaves last fall, but no luck. They aggressively remove the "pond scum" here and must have pulled it as well. It's the only record of any bladderwort in our county.

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June 18, 2020. Delaware and Raritan Canal, South Bound Brook, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 792 miles total
category: flowering

Molly and Carl walked with me after dinner again this time along the (very crowded) canal. I've been here many many times but had not seen the little leaf linden blooming before. I was hoping for salsify, but there was no sign of it. I did find a milkweed leaf beetle. And then down on the riverbank a whole swath of blooming water willow (Justica americana) a new flower for me and the first record in NJ not on a huge coastal river. Very neat looking flowers.

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June 20, 2020. Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 792.5 miles total
Category: blooming

Molly and Carl walked the Great Swamp boardwalks with me this morning, though Molly soon went off on her own, and Carl finished up alone. Carl spotted 5 snakes (3 while with me, one of which I actually photographed, a garter snake). I spotted what turned out to be escaped coriander, something I'd not run into before. They also had green and gold and Indian pinks in their garden, which I'd not seen in "real life" before. As far as actual wildflowers go the only surprise was a single flower of sundrops. But it was a lovely walk nonetheless.

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I've just noticed we are over 100,000 observations in the project, wow!

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Woohoo on the 100K observations! Who wooda thunk?

It sounds like you've been getting out quite a bit. I love your leaf miner walks. Did you hear that Charley Eiseman is giving a webinar on leaf miners on Wednesday? If you're interested, you need to register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tOA3peW6TB6JUzQBJ_fImQ. Charley is also giving a 2-day in person workshop in Montpelier in August. I just signed up!

Congrats on the seaside brookweed and water willow! Too bad about the missing bladderworts. And I've never seen lizard tail, cuckoo flower, jetbead, or Indian pinks (or even heard of them, except for cuckoo flower). Did you find out more about the English plantain growth. Now I'm going to have to become a plantain inspector.

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6-22-20. Miller Lane, Martinsville, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 792.75 miles total.
Categories: flowering, leaf mines

I had intended to walk by the local reservoir today, but unfortunately the park was closed as someone had just drowned (no one is allowed to swim there, but it doesn't stop people). At any rate, I drove to the other end of the park and walked briefly there.

Smartweed (low), thistle (creeping), and pepperweed (Virginia) were bloooming. I found mines in thistle (two kinds), plantain, and deertongue grass. Also a cute jumping spider.

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6-23-20. Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 793.25 miles total
Categories beach plants, shells

We drove to the beach this afternoon to celebrate a belated Father's Day. I was still in my boot (for the plantar fasciitis) so did not swim. But I stopped by the changing rooms to look at the plants, and we collected some shells on the beach.

Beach plants included: bayberry, spotted knapweed, beach plum, rugosa rose, seaside goldenrod, beach pea, and what might be rush skeletonweed (a new one for me).

Shells included: scallop, jingle, surfclam, mussle, blood ark, oyster, coquina, and jackknife clam.

I also shot herring and laughing gulls and some terns.

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6-24-20. Pompton River, Wayne, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 793.5 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

I had to recertify as a CPR instructor, by teaching a proctored class up in Wayne. I got there early and walked along the marsh on the banks of the Pompton River nearby. It's been amazingly dry lately and even the area where the water plantain was growing was dry and hard.

Blooming were pineapple weed, clover (white, alsike, yellow sweet), chickweed, forget me not, trefoil, hdege bindweed, and marsh bedstraw. There were also a lot of sedges, rushes, and grasses in fruit

I found mines in goldenrod, a sedge, poison ivy, stickseed, garlic mustard, jewelweed, deertongue, and Bidens.

I also saw rough oak bullet galls, a skeleton that seems to be raccoon, a zabulon skipper, grape galls, a rush gall, deerfly eggs, and a pair of turkeys on the way back to the classroom.

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6-24-20. Tallman State Park, Sparkill, NY. 0.5 miles today, 794 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

I met Sandy @sadawolk and walked at Tallmann State Park today, driving up and down the Palisades Parkway on the way to and from (and stopping briefly at several spots there as well). It was a beautiful day and so much fun to walk with someone else who knows their plants (and doesn't mind stopping every two feet)!

Blooming I found: white clover, heal all, smartweed, fleabane, sanicle, enchanter's nightshade, chickweed, elder, avens, blue-eyed grass, creeping jenny, speedwell, and medic (at Tallman) plus knapweed, cat's ear, milweed, st. john's wort, peppergrass, campion, dandelion, geranium, pink, swallowwort, cinquefoil, knotgrass, pimpernel, plantain, sorrel, trefoil, pinappleweed, motherwort, purple flowering raspberry, and venus' looking glass on the way to/from.

Leafmines I found in: goldenrod, hophornbeam, jewelweed, white snakeroot, goldenrod, dock, and plantain at Tallman, and enchanter's nightshade, reed, garlic mustard, plantain, mock orange, daisy, and burdock on the way.

We also saw beech leaf disease at Tallman, unfortunately. It's so far only in Ohio and here in south eastern NY, but it's supposed to be heading our way. I think every beech we saw was infected, with almost no entirely normal leaves. Very sad.

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6-27-20. Cushetunk Mountain, Lebanon, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 794.75. miles total
categories: blooming, leaf mines

Molly and I walked up the wooded hill here on the side of Round Valley Reservoir, then a little ways along the powerline clearing. It was sprinking and very hot, almost like swimming as the air was so thick.

Blooming I found: clover, honewort, plnatain smartweed, avens, sanicle, black snakeroot, wild yam, enchanter's nightshade, yarrow, loosestrife, trefoil, pink, fleabane, daisy, dogbane, crown vetch, and purple milkweed.

I found leafmines in goldenrod, false solomon's seal, poison ivy, hog peanut, Aralia racemosa, white wood aster, enchanter's nightshade, and rue anemone.

I also found: a cluster of sawfly larvae in that classic s-shaped posture on hornbeam, a bright orange wasp with black wings, maidenhair fern, a beech fern, and something that had rolled the tips of several fern fronds,.

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Your leaf mine collection this summer is quite impressive. It has inspired me to take some closer looks. I haven't heard of this beech leaf disease. I'd better read up on it. I'm finding aphids on all the beech leaves around here. I guess that's precursor to the beech bubble bark disease or whatever it's called. Really scary showing up to a park and finding it closed for a drowning!

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