July 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 julho de 2020, 09:48 MANHÃ

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7/1/20. Pekin Brook Rd, Calais, VT 2 miles today
Categories: birds, road kill

This morning I took my bird walk along Pekin Brook Rd towards the east. It had rained during the night so it was foggy and damp, but not raining during the walk. Pekin Brook Rd was loaded with unbelievable numbers of snails and slugs, although I didn't shoot any. For birds today I found some song sparrows, chestnut-sided warblers, robins, a common yellowthroat, a hairy woodpecker. Also a northern flicker chick sticking its bill out of a hole in a tree right over the road. It looked old enough to fledge. I found a bumblebee working some dogbane as well. Road kill today consisted of several flat frog/toads and some red efts.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/2/20. Chickering Rd, East Montpelier, VT. 1.7 miles today
Categories: birds, road kill, road crossers

This morning I walked up Chickering Rd, a road that has become one of my favorites for bird walks. It is a dead-end dirt road, well-maintained, with just 4 full-time houses and 3 unoccupied summer cabins. I've never met a car there yet. The road goes through deep forest and has a small bit of partially open area near some wetlands, plus 2 small ponds. The birding was grand, as usual. I tallied 41 species for the day on iNaturalist, although I didn't shoot nearly as many. For photos, I found a cat bird, lots of common yellowthroats, a song sparrow, a veery, and a juvenile sapsucker, as well as a grouse when I was driving down my driveway. I also found a patch of comfrey on the driveway of a property just put up for sale, and some Joe Pye weed budding up. This road is great for red efts--I found 7 alive, several dead, and some dead frog/toads. Just as I arrived back at my car at the end of the walk, I found a snowshoe hare graising near my car tires.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/3/20 Adamant, VT 2 miles today
Categories: birds, roadkill
This morning I walked through most of Adamant. I started by walking out to the Music School gate across Quarry Rd. Since the Music School is closed this summer, they have kept their gate locked across the end of Quarry Rd. They also put big signs up saying private property. The former groundskeeper gave community members permission to hike the property any time they wanted. But I haven’t met the new guy so I’m trying to remember to stay on the public side of the gate. Some shrubs and stump sprouts have started greening up the area along the road that the power line crew clear-cut. At least when I’m birding it’s easier to look up and ignore the murdered plants. There were clouds of deer flies out this morning, but I was quite pleased that my new “sun” hat kept them entirely off my neck. I could feel them bounce off the neck shield on the back of my neck, but no bites, a miracle. I found robins, sapsuckers, chickadees, a wood duck, a goldfinch, catbirds, and a bullfrog up Quarry Rd. Next I took a short walk up Haggett towards Adamant Pond to check on the geese. There were 25 of them today in about 5 family groups. The young ones were sleeping on the road while the adults kept watch. I greeted a neighbor who was out trimming his garden by the geese. He and I watched the beaver slap its tail at us in the beaver pond below the main pond. Then I took a short walk around the top part of Sodom Pond, were I found more catbirds, wood ducks, mallards, waxwings, red-wings, and a kingbird. I also got some fine photos of a deer that crossed the road in front of me, and of a horsefly that managed to bite my arm. Road kill today was a pair of flattened frog/toads and a single green frog (fresh).

7/3/20. Portal Rd, Middlesex, VT. 0.1 miles today
Categories: arthropods, amphibians
Later in the morning I went out to a friend’s house in Middlesex for our weekly bug walk, joined by two other friends in masks. We spent 2 hours shooting insects in the front yard and along the frog pond and never even made it to the back yard. We found mining bees, wasps, damselflies, dragonfly skins, damselfly larvae in the pond, dragonfly larvae in the pond, beetles, bugs, a large caddisfly, and lots of spiders, including a beautiful Tetragnatha. In the pond we found bullfrogs, greenfrogs, and salamanders, as well as boatmen and pond skimmers.

7/3/20. Dog River Fields, Montpelier, VT. 0.4 miles today
Categories: insects, blooms
After bug walk, I stopped by the Dog River Fields to take some meteorological measurements beside the river. I’m interested in the magnitude of the temperature, humidity, and wind speed differences between 1.5 m above the ground and 1 cm above the ground (for my spiders on snow studies). So I’m collecting simultaneous measurements in various kinds of habitats to see what kinds of differences I might find. Today I took measurements on the gravel plain beside the river, along the river, and on the trail through the Japanese knotweed forest. And of course, while I had the trail blocked with my equipment, someone came along up the trail. But he happened to be a retired atmospheric scientist from NASA, so he was cool about waiting for me to finish. One of those Vermont moments…While I waited for my instruments, I collected more bugs and blooms. I found purple loosestrife and dogbane in bloom, and boneset just opening up. I found a few more beetles, including a native lady beetle. But there were a lot fewer insects out on the hot gravel plain than in the yard in Middlesex. And even fewer in the knotweed forest.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/4/20. Pekin Brook Rd and Sodom Pond Rd, Calais VT, 2.7 miles today
Categories: birds, butterflies, road kill
This morning I walked along Lightening Ridge Rd in Calais, heading out first to check out a large field, then going up the hill into the woods. For once, the field was relatively quiet, no crows, turkeys or ravens grazing. I found black-throated greens, catbird, chestnut sided warblers, goldfinch, song sparrows, phoebe, waxwings, and a chipping sparrow. Also, a deer, a red squirrel, a snowshoe hare, and a chipmunk. Along the road I found a large wolf spider, several green worms including a rosy maple moth caterpillar, and a stone fly, which unfortunately got squashed moments after I photographed it by a Volkswagen Beetle. I found a fresh dead green frog and a dried up frog/toad. In the deep woods part of the road I heard a toad singing and tried to hunt it down. No luck with the toad, but I found a large bit of dog vomit slime mold on a log, so I was happy. When I got back to my car, I paused to survey the early morning insects pollinating the milkweed flowers by the parking lot. I found bald-faced hornets, a maple angle moth, yellowjackets, and bumblebees.

In the evening I went on a walk through downtown Adamant with my husband. We paused to inspect the beaver pond by Adamant Pond, but no beaver was visible this evening. The geese were somewhere else as well. Then we walked around the northern edge of Sodom Pond just enjoying the quiet golden hour. A couple of blue herons were also enjoying the light on the edge of the pond. They flew off when they saw us, but not before I shot them. I also shot some ducks on the water, a chalk-fronted corporal, and an orange bluet.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/5/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, surprising plants
This morning I walked up Peck Hill looking for birds. I paused first in our carport to check on the robin’s nest that is on top of a box suspended near the roof. No mother robin was sitting on the nest today. Instead, I saw 3 large yellow beaks poking over the edge. Progress! The highlight of today’s walk was a black-and-white warbler that gave me quite a photoshoot, up close, with worms in its mouth. I also got some nice views of a common yellowthroat and a chipping sparrow. The folks on Peck Hill have a chipping sparrow family nesting in their yard this summer, by the looks. Other birds today were a cedar waxwing, some song sparrows, a hermit thrush, and a few robins. And I finally got some decent shots of the noisy raven family that I hear most mornings up on Lightening Ridge Rd. They flew over a group of 5. For surprising plants today I found some Physalis getting ready to bloom, and some spikenard in bloom along the edge of Peck Hill Rd.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/6/20. Pekin Brook Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, insects, road kill
This morning was quite foggy and very loud along Pekin Brook. I think perhaps the dawn chorus was delayed a bit due to the fog. Birds were singing everywhere. At one point I looked up to see a very large pure white bird in the shape of a turkey vulture glide by. What could that be? When I finally got a chance to download my photos and adjust them in photo shop, I could see that indeed it was a turkey vulture, but black, not white. It just looked white due to the fog. Some of my favorite birds of the day were a phoebe who posed nicely on a log over the brook, and a veery that wouldn’t shut up. Also, a red-eyed vireo and an indigo bunting singing from the tops of trees. Other birds today included robins, starlings, and song sparrows. I found several insects along the road, including a wounded yellowjacket, a translucent yellow caterpillar, and large green lacewing. Road kill today was a flat and crusty toad.

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/7/20. Tucker Rd, Calais, VT. 1.5 miles today

Categories: birds, insects

This morning I walked along Tucker Rd looking for birds. I had slept in a bit, so the sky was already quite bright by the time I got out. Still, the first part of Tucker Rd is in the deep forest, so there was quite a bit of shade to deal with. I heard 35 birds this morning, but the only ones I managed to shoot were a chestnut warbler, a robin, some song sparrows, a phoebe, a hairy woodpecker, a yellow bellied sapsucker, a white-breasted nuthatch, and a red-eyed vireo. Midway along Tucker Rd I heard the buzzing of a bazillion flies and found a fly lek on some thimbleberry leaves in the sun. I also found a litter moth, a woody nymph and some fuzzy colored caterpillars. When I got back to the Chickering Bog parking lot where I had left my car, I paused to do a milkweed inspection. I found 3 kinds of bumblebees, some milkweed beetles, syrphid flies, micromoths, leafhoppers, yellow-jackets, bald-faced hornets, a march fly, a grape leaffolder moth, and an Asian ladybug. It’s milkweed season in Vermont!

Publicado por erikamitchell 4 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/8/20. Pekin Brook Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, insects

This morning I walked Pekin Brook Rd to the east. The sky was quite red when I went out, traveler’s warning. But who’s traveling? I paused to watch a deer in the field near the road. It wasn’t sure if it saw me. Then it moved to the back of the field, still in full view. But it just watched as I walked past instead of slipping into the woods. Several crows stopped on a dead branch above the road to check me out. I saw yellow warblers, magnolia warblers, phoebes, white-throated sparrows, a cat bird, a veery, chickadees, a family of sapsuckers with noisy fledglings, and some robins. I also shot some micromoths, a cranefly, some pyralid moths, and a bumblebee. I came across another fly lek, but this one wasn’t nearly as dense as the one I found yesterday.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/9/20. Chickering Rd, East Montpelier, VT. 1.4 miles today
Categories: Birds, efts

This morning I walked Chickering Rd in the fog. My first sight on the road was a mother deer and fawn who took their time moving down the road before running off. Birds today were an alder flycatcher, a northern flicker, a blue jay family with noisy fledglings and a sapsucker family with noisy fledglings, a mallard, a pair of cedar waxwings, and a robin. I found a total of 6 live red efts in the road and 2 squashed ones, plus a dead toad.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/10/20. Adamant, VT. 1.5 miles today
Categories: insects, birds, roadkill
This morning I walked through downtown Adamant. I started with a walk up Quarry Rd to the gate, then back to Adamant Pond to look for the geese, then around the top of Sodom Pond. The first find of the day was a centipede, then 2 piles of dog vomit slime mold, an auspicious start! Birds today were some chickadees, yellow throats, a snipe whir-whir-whirring overhead, some robins, catbirds, goldfinches, a grackle, a kingbird, a red-winged blackbird, some wood ducks with nearly grown chicks, yellow warblers, cedar waxwings, song sparrows and crows. Road kill was a toad and a green frog.

After breakfast I went out for a bug walk by myself. I intended to visit the gardens in Adamant, but I stopped first at the Chickering Bog parking lot to check on the milkweeds and never got back in the car. The milkweeds are at their peak, and they are buzzing with pollinators. The wild parsnips are also coming into bloom, and so are the Queen Anne’s lace. I found syrphid flies (mating), robber flies, a orgy of Japanese beetles, leaf beetles, a lady bug, lightning bugs (mating), bumble bees, bald-faced hornets, honeybees, mining bees, sweat bees, a carder bee, a leaf cutter bee with a big chunk of leaf, yellow jackets, paper wasps, a mud dauber wasp, leaf bugs, Carolina cricket nymphs, some leaf hoppers, comma butterflies, a skipper butterfly, angle moths, a plume moth, an underwing moth, a Virginia ctenucha, some micro moths, a skimmer dragonfly, a crab spider eating a fly, and harvestmen. I also found leaf galls on elms, ashes, basswood, cherries, willows, and box elders, and leaf miners on grapes, burdock, and violet. Road kill was a spotted stone fly and a chipmunk. I also found a red eft crossing the road, still very much alive.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/11/20 Lightening Ridge Rd, Calais VT. 2.6 miles today
Categories: birds, insects, road kill

This morning I drove up to the Chickering Bog parking lot again and walked Lightening Ridge Rd, this time looking for birds. I found an indigo bunting, a song sparrow, some robins, a hairy woodpecker, a red-eyed vireo, a pair of king birds on a telephone pole, a cedar waxwing, a white-breasted nuthatch, a phoebe, a family of house wrens, a sapsucker, a pair of brown-headed cowbirds, a hummingbird, a song sparrow, and a mourning dove. In the dried up wetlands beside the road I found a purple iris in bloom. Along the road I found a green worm. Then back at the parking lot in the milkweed I found yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, milkweed beetles (mating), that is, lots of wasps in the flowers but not so many bees. I wonder if the flowers are going by. Road kill today was a red-bellied snake and a garter snake.

It began raining after I got back from the walk. Late in the afternoon after the weather had cleared I went back out for a walk up Peck Hill in search of bees for my online bee class. In class I heard about some specialists on Physalis, and I noticed quite a patch of Physalis in a neighbor’s unmowed yard up there. But by the time I got to the end of my driveway, thunder was rumbling, so I just did a bug walk along the driveway. Maybe tomorrow I’ll make it up to Peck Hill. Our driveway is simply lovely for bugs right now. We have large patches of both white and yellow sweet clover that are filled with pollinators. And our milkweed is in bloom now. I found some blue butterflies, a yellow butterfly, milkweed beetles, paper wasps, yellow jackets, a click beetle, ladybugs (mating), aphids on burdock, a red leaf bug, a large stick mimic caterpillar, a brown leafhopper, thread-waisted wasps, several robber flies with prey, a thyratirid moth, a micro moth, flower beetles, a Japanese beetle, a spear-marked black moth, a big black fuzzy fly, some black leaf beetles, a stink bug, several bumblebees, a honeybee, and some miner bees. I also found a crown gall in flat-top goldenrod and leaf miners on burdock and milkweed.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/12/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, insects, road kill
This morning it was raining when I woke up, so I postponed the morning bird walk. I think this is only the 2nd time since I began the bird walks in April that the walk was rained out. And the first time was in April. A very dry summer! By about 11 AM, though, the rain was clearing. I headed out for a combination bird/bug walk. Those Physalis plants up on Peck Hill were calling me for bee inspection. I found a hairy wood pecker, a white-breasted nuthatch, a kestrel, some robins, some cedar waxwings, an indigo bunting, and a phoebe. Insects today were a yellow sawfly worm, leaf bugs, a green beetle, a Japanese beetle, a blue butterfly, a yellow butterfly, a fritillary, a comma, a mustard white, a dun skipper, a pair of tiger swallowtails, a thyratirid moth, micro moths, an angle moth, a Virginia ctenucha, black and gold wasps, ebony jewelwings, a widow skimmer, a 12-spotted skimmer, syrphid flies, a pair of grasshoppers sharing a black-eyed susan, a leafhopper, a crab spider eating a wasp, and a thread-waisted wasp. Bees were a Wilke’s mining bee, a carder bee, a northern amber bumblebee, and some sweat bees. I also found some warty leaf galls on grape and box elder. Road kill today was a green frog.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/13/20 Pekin Brook Rd, Calais VT 2 miles today
Categories: birds, bugs

This morning was quite foggy when I got up. The dawn chorus seemed to be continuing once again, a confusing cacophony from which it was hard to pick out individual voices. I managed to find a hummingbird, a blue jay, several robins, quite a few cedar waxwings, some song sparrows, a red-winged blackbird, several yellowthroats, a veery (singing in the open), a great blue heron, a red-eyed vireo, a chickadee, and a purple finch. Along the road I found a white admiral butterfly, my first tussock moth caterpillar of the season, a green caterpillar, a tissue moth, and several wasps in a basswood tree that was blooming over the road. No road kill today!

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7/13/20. Adamant Pond, Adamant, VT. 0.2 miles today
Categories: insects

This afternoon I took my kayak out on Adamant Pond while my husband went unicycling around Sodom Pond. I had in mind to look for some bee pollinators on pickerelweed. Adamant Pond is certainly covered with lily pads right now. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any pickerelweed there, but I thought perhaps there might be other pollinators to look for in the water lilies. As soon as I got out on the pond, I remembered that white water lilies close up before lunch. Oh well. I managed to find a paper wasp, some eggs on winterberry leaves, a pond skimmer dragonfly, a syrphid fly, and some beetles in yellow pond lily. I also saw some green frogs and the loon. I found some warty willow leaf galls and a leaf miner on watershield. I was getting blown around the lake, even when I thought I’d be securely tied up by the lily pads. But crack, some lightning flashed close by and I high-tailed it off the pond. I’m not sure where the storm came from. I was wearing sunglasses when I got on the water, but it was definitely raining by the time I got off.

Publicado por erikamitchell 3 meses antes (Sinalizar)
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7/14/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: insects, birds

This morning there was quite a bit of rumbling thunder when I woke up, so I skipped my morning walk. The thunder and rain continued until late afternoon, so stayed inside all day. Finally, after dinner, the thunder stopped and the sun came out, so I went for a combination bug and bird walk up Peck Hill with my husband. We found bumblebees, bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, ladybugs (mating), a Japanese beetle with mites, syrphid flies (mating), a fuzzy white caterpillar, a yellow crab spider, a brown crab spider eating an ant, leaf bugs, a micro moth, a flower beetle, a ground beetle, and a robber fly. For birds we found a robin, a cedar waxwing, a phoebe, and a black-and-white warbler (a lifer for my husband). We saw 2 deer at the top of our walk on Peck Hill. Road kill today was a yellow caterpillar.

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7/15/20. Tucker Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, insects, road kill

This morning it was both foggy and cloudy when I woke up. Even though I got a late start for my bird walk, it was still rather dark for photographs. Still, I managed to shoot an indigo bunting, common yellowthroats, crows, song sparrows, cedar waxwings, a robin, and a red-eyed vireo. I found a green caterpillar and a ground beetle in the road. As I returned to the Chickering Bog parking lot, I actually saw another birder. It looked like he was just returning from the Bog. I wonder how the birding was up the trail. I’ve been careful to stay on road this year rather than trails to avoid ticks. So far, so good. Back at the parking lot, I found a yellow jackets, a box elder bug, bald-faced hornets, a ladybug, brown flower beetles, and a milkweed beetle. Road kill today was a red eft.

7/15/20. Frizzle Mountain, Calais, VT. 0.2 miles today
Categories: insects
Later in the morning I went out to our orchard to pick berries. And I took my camera along, just in case. I found the raspberries bushes near the garden fence buzzing loudly with yellow jackets. The canes are full of fruit, but they are also flowering at the same time. Other insects out in the orchard were a skipper, a yellow and black bug, a twice-stabbed stinkbug, a sawfly, a Palpita moth, a scorpionfly, bald-faced hornets and paper wasps eating the raspberry fruits, a green caterpillar, and a Lasioglossum bee.

7/15/20. Curtis Pond, Calais, VT. 0.6 miles today
Categories: insects, fruits

This afternoon I took my kayak out to Curtis Pond in hopes of finding some bees on pickerelweed. But when I got there, the pickerelweed that I remembered wasn’t there, so I probably didn’t remember it after all. I think I should check my pickerelweed observations to see exactly where to look next time. Still, I had a very enjoyable float on the lake. I saw the loon, and checked on the progress of the butternuts and black raspberries. A red squirrel was quite pleased with the progress of the beaked hazelnuts as he jumped from bush to bush plucking them. Insects along the pond edges were a bald-faced hornet mimic fly, a yellow and black flower beetle, orange bluets (mating), a pond skimmer and a spider (one was eating the other, but I’m not sure which one), a white faced skimmer, a widow skimmer, and a spreadwing. I also some pumpkinseeds in the water.

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7/16/20. Pekin Brook Rd, Calais VT. 1.8 miles today
Categories: birds, insects, road kill

This morning I walked along Pekin Brook Rd. I found some red-eyed vireos, a blue jay, a chickadee, a pair of kingbirds on a telephone wire, a red-winged blackbird, some crow who flew over to check me out, some common yellowthroats, an indigo bunting singing from the top of a tree, a chestnut-sided warbler, and a song sparrow. Insects were some brown caterpillars, a green caterpillar, a yellow jacket, a dogbane beetle, some syrphid flies, an ebony jewelwing, a woolly bear, and some bumblebees. Road kill was a frog, probably green.

7/17/20. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT. 0.2 miles today
Categories: insects

Later in the morning I joined 2 masked friends at the Nature Center for a bug walk. All 3 of us are taking the bee course at the Nature Center, so we were on the look-out for bees. We found bumblebees, mining bees, masked bees, sweat bees, and leaf cutter bees. Other Hymenoptera included Ectemnius wasps and yellow jackets. We found Virginia ctenucha moths, a monarch, a Haploa moth, micro moths, a plume moth, a hairstreak butterfly, some orange flies, syrphid flies, scorpionflies, long-legged flies, box elder bug, black seed bug, black-margined burrowing bug, twice-stabbed stinkbug, flower bug, yellow and black bug, stinkbugs, a six-spotted orb weaver, a harvestman, a blue leafhopper, a big brown leafhopper, a brown grasshopper, a skimmer dragonfly, milkweed beetles (mating), Japanese beetle, lightning bug, yellow beetle, orange beetle, click beetle, Asian beetle, ladybug, black beetle with an orange “neck”. But the find of the day was a giant long-horned beetle posing on the end of a branch. Galls today were a goldenrod with both a stem gall and a crown gall, a round fuzzy gall on a grape leaf, and warty gall on willow leaf. I also couldn’t help but shoot an eye-catching tall sedge, and a Canada lily in full bloom.

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I have also got a hat for deerflies now, and what a difference it makes, though I still wince a little when I hear them buzzing around my head. I love the idea of young geese sleeping in the road; not something that's likely to happen here by me! Milkweed is in full bloom here as well and Queen Anne's lace starting to come out, both with tons of insects. I love the auspicious dog vomit slime mold. I only see it rarely and then only on woodchips in playgrounds (and I'm spending far less time on playgrounds these days, now my children are older). I'll have to keep an eye out. We do not have raspberries here other than wineberries (not that I'm complaining; wineberries are delicious). and no red squirrels at all, with hazelnuts also being a rare find.

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7-5-20. Various sites in Chester, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 795.5 miles total
Categories: flowering, mines

We hosted two large parties (in the backyard, with masks) for Independence Day, so I didn't get out to walk for over a week. So Sunday I drove half an hour north, to Chester. I stopped twice on the way. At the first pullout, near a cedar wood surrounding a pond, I found only yarrow in bloom, and mines in plantain and purselain, but also one of my favorite beetles: a 14-spotted lady (the pattern on their back looks like a pixelated smiley face to me, when seen from the tail end).

Next stop, a pull off by some old fields under a powerline yielded blooming chicory, white clover, yellow sweet clover, bedstraw, crown vetch, butter and eggs, medic, plantain, pimpernel, trefoil and spurge. There were no mines, though, and only one gall, on elm.

In Chester itself I stopped at the parking lot for a rail trail but walked along the road to the bridge over a sluggish stream. I've been here before and it's always a good spot for wetland plants. Blooming I found: pink, nipplewort, pimpernel, clover, fleabane, mightshade, meadow rue, avens, Queen Anne's lace, pickerelweed, cattails, white sweet clover, swamp rose, chickory, day lily, yarrow, buttercup, and enchanter's nightshade. Mines only in goldenrod and grape, but also a flock of sawfly larvae on birch, lots of fall webworms, and a tree cricket.

I stopped again at an abandoned building I'd never passed before but blooming was only yellow sweet clover and English plantain, and the only mine was in the plantain.

Next was a park I'd not been to before, Tanners Brook. I really only explored the area by the parking lot, as I can't go far in my boot. Blooming I found pinks, chicory, pimpernel, medic, and jewelweed. Mines were in thistle and white snakeroot.

I passed a parking area I didn't know about and stopped there, at Black River. This was a mowed parking area and some thick woods, but I did not go far. Blooming were nipplewort, bladder campion (just done blooming), bedstraw, clover, fleabane, St. John's wort, and wild basil. Mines were on deertongue, oak, goldenrod, poison ivy, and honeysuckle, and I also found oak treehoppers, one with horn and one without.

My final stop was at the Coooper mill, where I'd been before. There's nice wet woods here and a pond. Blooming here was fleabane, forget me not, clover, heal all, Queen Anne's lace, northern bush honeysuckle (the only place I've ever seen it down here in NJ, I suspect it was planted), sulfur cinquefoil, avens, enchanter's nightshade, basil, St. John's wort, daisy, black eyed susan, pickerel weed, a Rorippa sp., and daylilies. Mines included ones on tulip poplar, aster, honeysuckle, jewelweed, elm, forget me not, and clover. I saw the first Japanese beetles of the year, and there were the brand new purple loosestrife leaf beetles making minemeat of the purple loosestrife.

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Having said yesterday that I never see dog vomit slime mold, today I went to water a friend's new shrub while they are away, and guess what was all over her new mulch? The first dog vomit slime mold in my hometown on iNat (or it will be, one I post it!)

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7-7-20, Highland Park Environmental Education Center, Highland Park, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 795.75 miles total
categories: blooming, mines

Molly and I walked at this native plant garden and then through some woods to the bank of the Raritan River. Blooming were bergamot (planted), fleabane, false sunflower (planted), blazing stars (planted), poke, moth mullein, germander (planted), avens, chickory, garlic, and smartweed. Mines in goldenrod, snakeroot, hackberry, elm, and dandelion.

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7-8-20 Mountain Park, Liberty Corner, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 796.5 miles total
categories: blooming, mines.

Molly and I walked through a meadow and up a hill which is starting to fill in with forest, then back along the edge of the playing fields. Mines were in blackberry, jewelweed, deertongue, white snakeroot, goldenrod, aster, oak, poison ivy, and milkweed. Blooming were enchanter's nightshade, St. John's wort, avens, stickseed, yarrow, Queen Anne's Lace, trefoil, fleabane, dogbane, red clover, garlic, thistle, mountain mint, vetch, coneflower, sundrops, jewelweed, marsh woundwort (there were about 2 dozen of these and I'd never seen them before), milkweed, mullein, campion, butter and eggs, crown vetch, sweet clover, hop clover, bedstraw, and white vervain.

And just as we got back to the car, Molly found a (slightly damaged by the mower) four leaf clover! (She's got a real eye for spotting them)

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7-9-20. South Plainfield, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 797 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

I drove through South Plainfield today, stopping at 4 different spots. First was the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park. Lots of lovely things were blooming including love-in-a-mist, elecampine, and poppies, none of which I see often (and none grow wild here).

Next was a pond in Cedar Brook Park, which I wish I'd had time and endurance to walk all the way around. It was full of native wetland plants, perhaps helped along by plantings, but hard to tell. I saw lizard's tail, arrowhead, pickerelweed, and swamp milkweed, plus some wild bergamot.

Then over to Edith Stevens, which is low woods fronted by a field. Blooming were milkweed, enchanter's nightshade, smartweed, honewort, dayflower, chickory, dandelion, trefoi. garlic, and fleabane. I found a grape skeletonizer on the milkweed.

Last was Highland Woods, some swampy woodland, where I found some dwarf snapdragon and pepperbush as well as mating net winged beetles.

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7-11-20. Hicks Tract, Long Hill, NJ. 1 mile today, 798 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

Molly, Katie and I walked in these rich woods this evening, and got dripped on a bit, though it didn't rain much. Blooming I saw honeysuckle, smartweed, clover, trefoil, daisy, nipplwort, enchanter's nightshade, and stickseed. There were mines on aster and snakeroot.

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7-11-20. Mountain Park, Long Hill, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 798.25 miles total
categories: blooming, mines

In the evening I walked alone among old fields with lots of flowers. Blooming were trefoil, clovers, thistle, horsenettle, fleabane, enchanter's nightshade, bedstraw, milkweed, daisy, yarrow, sweet clover, Queen Anne's lace, mountain mint, coneflower, plantain, hop clover, sundrops, lobelia, vetch, garlic, heal all, dogbane, knotweed, medic, and spurge. I found mines in oak. clematis, grape, and aster, and I found mating pairs of ambush bugs, Japanese beetles, small milkweed bugs, and milkweed beetles.

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7-12-20 Chimney Rock Park, Martinsville, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 798.5 miles total
categories: blooming and mines

I walked alone this afternoon down to see if the bugloss was still growing here (I'd missed it last year, but seen it the year before) and it was, indeed. Also flowering were carpet weed, clover, spurge, chickweed, bittersweet, thistle, garlic, fleabane, crown vetch, Queen Anne's lace, dogbane, and heal all. I didn't find any mines, but there was a very nice ground beetle running across the sidewalk.

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7-13-20. Stirling Rd., Warren, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 798.75 miles total
categories: blooming, mines

I stopped on the way to pick up take out for the family for dinner at this swampy section of an old development on the edge of town. I found a surprise: blooming clustered mountainmint, something I don't see often at all and never before in Warren. Also flowering were garlic, purple loosestrife, garlic, yarrow, crown vetch, St. John's wort, groundsel, spurge, chickory, pinks, fleabane, and Queen Anne's lace. there were mines in clover and deertongue, and a zillion teeny tiny grasshoppers in the road.

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7-14-20. Millstone Aqueduct, Princeton, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 799 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

I walked along the Delaware Canal and Lake Carnegie today before going to a doctor's appointment in Princeton. A neat find for me was marsh (I think) skullcap in bloom, and the first indian tobacco of the year (someone has asked me to note whether the flowers have styles exerted or not, the answer here was not). As I walked across the bridge I came to first false indigo, then black locust, then senna, all with very similar leaves (though the senna was flowering prettily and the indigo had fruit). I found mines in locust, plantain and grape.

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7-14-20. Mountain Park, Liberty Corner, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 799.5 miles total
categories: insects

Someone asked me to go take more photos of an interesting grape gall I found here a few days ago, so Molly and I went back to find it. We did so, and also came across mating red necked cane beetles, leafmines in clover, a manits, a citris planthopper, some leafhopper, mating Japanese beetles, an azure, a fly, a thistle tortoise beetle nymph that was not covered in feces (for once), mating milkweed beetles, and a broad headed sharpshooter.

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7-15-20 Eastbrook, Martinsville, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 799.75 miles total.
Category: flowering

Tonight I just wanted some time alone in the woods, so drove to this, pretty much the closest spot to my house, and wandered along the brook. Blooming I saw St. John's wort, forget me not, yarrow, crownvetch , garlic, fleabane, trefoil, clover, chickory, and milkweed.

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7-16-20. Ringwood State Park, NJ. 1.25 miles today, 801 miles total
Category: unusual

Sandy Wolkenberg and I walked at the state botanical gardens today, taking pictures of absolutely everything. Some of my favorites included ninebark, bottle brush buckeye, dark mullein, yellow corydalis, herb robert, lots of flowering hostas, fringed loosestrife, and meadowsweet (the Fillipendula kind), none of which I see often (if ever before). So nice to sped a day with someone who knows her plants and doesn't mind my turtle-like pace.

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7-20-20. Lamington River, Bedminster, NJ. 0.25 mile today 801.25 miles total
Categories: blooming, mines

I stopped and walked along this river on my way to a different grocery store in search of my son's favorite cake (his birthday was Wednesday). Blooming I found only clover, quickweed, and, interestingly, cupplant (a rare one for me). Mine-wise there were ones in deertongue, lamb's quarters, clover, mugwort, and giant ragweed (another plant I don't see terribly often).

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7-21-20. Washington Valley Park, Martinsville, NJ. 0.25 miles today, 801.5 miles total
Category: arthropods

I took a quick walk late in the afternoon in this local park, looking for "bugs". I found: a spraegueia moth, a resin bee, a masked bee, a tumbling flower beetle, Japanese beetles, a plant hopper, two spiders, and and ebony bug, Plus 3 leaf mines.

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7-23-20. Hoffheimer Pond, Warren, NJ. 0.5 miles today. 803 miles total
Categories: blooming, arthropods

I was hoping to find bladderwort here and to check out the "weird" shrub I'd seen once. I didn't find either, unless said shrub was just shrubby St. John's Wort (possible), at any rate I don't see that often and it was blooming. Also in flower were spotted St. John's wort, scarlet pimpernel, white clover, and carpetweed.

"Bug" -wise I found mines in honeysuckle, snakeroot, buttercup, aster and ironweed

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7-27-20 Camp Hoover, Stillwater, NJ. 0.5 miles today, 802.5 miles total
Category: whatever I could find

I took the girls and two of their friends to the Girl Scout camp (they were renting to "family groups") for three nights and today we walked around by the waterfront (and went swimming). I also sailed for the first time since 1983.

Things I don't often see included: lizard's tail, helleborine, a bunch of sawfly larvae eating a dogwood leaf, a mine in a dandelion leaf, thimbleweed, pointed leaved tick trefoil, cypress spurge, hepatica, bladdernut, plantain leaved pussytoes, bur oak, coontail, water milfoil, and what might be dog pelt lichen

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7-28-20. Camp Hoover, Stillwater and Little Swartzwood Lake, Hampton, NJ. 0.75 miles today, 803.25 miles total
Category: whatever I could find

Today I escaped twice from the girls. Once I walked around the ballfield, and once I walked by a local pond (while waiting for our dinner to be made).

Unusual finds at the ballfield included: oak petiole gall wasp, sheep sorrel, mile-a-minute, nimblewill, arrow leaved violet, hay scented fern, wild licorice, banded net-winged beetle, and mockernut hickory.

At Little Swartzwood interesting items were: a diamondbacked moth, a pelecinid wasp, a leafmine in panicled trefoil, licorice bedstraw, hepatica, fragrant bedstraw, snowberry, teaberry, pointed leaved tick trefoil, maddog skullcap, woodland sunflower, a pickerel frog, water milfoil, yellow loosestrife, and bracken.

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7-29-20. Dingman's Falls, Dingman's Ferry, PA. 0.5 miles today, 803.75 miles total
Category: whatever I could find

Today we drove up to PA to walk up to Dingman's Falls, only the parking lot was closed. So we drove around behind them and accidentally found the back route to the falls. The girls hiked the 3/4 mile in, I went less than half way, though, as I'm still in the blasted boot.

Interesting finds in the woods here included: meadow buttercup, northern bush honeysuckle, starflower, hemlock scale and adelgids, teaberry, ghost pipes, and several interesting fungi that I can't ID.

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