September 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 setembro de 2020, 09:21 MANHÃ

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9/1/20. Tucker Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning I parked at the Chickering Bog parking lot and walked along Tucker Rd. I took a short detour at the top of Lightening Ridge where I heard some warblers chipping. They were fast, though, and I never really got any good looks. Except for a few common yellow-throats. The field below Lightening Ridge was empty of birds when I walked past, but when I returned, there were 3 crows gleaning close to the road. The horses were in their pen by their barn today and they were muttering as I passed. I could hear the fence clicking away! I have been a bit dismayed to see Jim's yard lately. He had wonderful flower beds, lots of day lilies and wild flowers all mixed in and jumbled that the birds just loved. He also had bushy shrubs along the road near the yard. I guess his wife has ambitions of a classic American lawn. A few weeks ago she mowed down much of the yard, saving only a few rows of flowers near the road. The birds are now quiet there where they used to riot. Oh well. The wildflowers will grow back, someday, I'm sure. I managed to catch a chickadee, a blue jay, a red-eyed vireo, and the crows. Road kill today was several salamanders, one of which I scooped up to see if I can come up with a method to preserve it in resin.

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9/2/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 2 miles today
Categories: leaf miners

This morning I got all set to head out the door when it started raining. So I skipped my morning bird walk. If I were going out looking at plants a little rain wouldn't stop me, not even a lot of rain. But birds don't like rain any more than we do, so there's not much point in hunting birds in the rain. Plus, my long birding lens wouldn't like it either. I waited until this afternoon, but by then the birds weren't anywhere to be seen. Instead, I watched for leaf miners, looking for some that I could share during show and tell with Charley Eiseman's leaf miners class online with Eagle Hill this week. I found some on wild sarsaparilla, bunchberry, heartleaf aster, burdock, yellow birch, and red maple. I also found a cool leaf gall sticking up out of an elm leaf. No road kill today.

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9/3/20. Chickering Rd, Calais, Vt. 2 miles today
Categories: birds, road crossers

This morning I headed out to Chickering Rd for my bird walk. Even though I waited until 7:30 before I started, it was still quite foggy and misty when I went out. Right near the car I came across a small mixed flock of chickadees and warblers, including several black-throated greens. After that, it was rather quiet, almost until the end of the road by the ponds. There were 8 mallards on the 2 ponds, as well as some robins and jays by the ponds, and lots more chickadees. On the way back, I encountered a very large flock of mixed warblers and chickadees, including more black-throated greens, some chestnut-sided warblers, and some magnolia warblers, plus some nut hatches. All along the way, I found many red efts, mostly living, from tiny dark ones to very large bright red ones.

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9/4/20. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT. 1.1 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning I went down to the Nature Center for the first group bird walk of the year there. There were 2 leaders, Chip Darmstadt and Zac Cota, who each took a group of 4-5 people in separate directions, all masked and at a distance. It was quite exciting to meet up with longterm birding friends again. And yet, it felt a little odd having some many people out on a bird walk after months of solitary walks. With all the catching up chatter, it was hard to hear the birds. Nevertheless, we did see quite a few birds, including gold finches, an osprey, some blue jays, chickadees, an American redstart, and a flicker. Folks in my group also saw a cuckoo, an olive-sided fly catcher, and a scarlet tanager, but I never managed to get sight of them, even when folks were pointing them out. No doubt, for all the birds I see in the mornings by myself, there must be a lot more that I don't see.

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9/5/20. Lightening Ridge Rd, Calais VT. 0.3 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning I took a brief bird walk on Lightening Ridge Rd. The warblers were out so I didn't get very far. I found yellow throats, some Nashville warblers, a red-eyed vireo, a chickadee, and some blue jays. I also found a new neighbor out enjoying the day. She is Covid-sheltering here from Florida with her family. She said she likes to bird in Florida but they have large sea birds there. She doesn't know where to start here since the birds are so small. If she lasts through the Vermont winter maybe we can get out walking together.

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9/5/20. Kelton Rd, East Montpelier, VT. 2.7 miles today
Categories: insects, leaf miners, vertebrates

Later in the morning I met up with 3 friends for our Saturday morning hike along Kelton Rd. Kelton is partially a public road, and partially a fenced trail. The trail portion connects up to the trail we walked last week down from Chickering Rd. The first sight of the day was a turkey vulture circling the polo pony farm on Kelton. Later, we found a large garter snake sunning beside the trail. Insects were grasshoppers, a spreadwing, a lightning bug, a yellow jacket, a small carpenter bee, a stinkbug larva, a hover fly, several wasps, a dagger moth caterpillar, and a fall webworm caterpillar. I found leaf miners on ash, heart-leaved aster, Virginia creeper, and raspberry. Roadkill was a toad.

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9/6/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 1.7 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning I walked part way up Peck Hill looking for birds. I found a large flock of turkeys in the field on Peck Hill, then a flock of warblers at the edge of the field that kept me rooted in place for a while. There were yellow rumps, yellow throats, Nashvilles, black-throated greens, and a red-eyed vireo as well as chickadees, nuthatches and vireos. Other birds for the day were a gold finch and a sapsucker.

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9/6/20. Wells River Trail, Groton, VT. 1 mile today
Categories: leaf miners, insects

Later in the morning I took a walk along the Wells River Trail in Groton State Park while my husband was unicycling the rail trail. I figured this would be a quiet part of the park even though it was a beautiful day during a three-day weekend. I saw a few people along the trail, but just a few, and the trail is wide having once been a road. I found leaf miners on whorled wood aster, hazelnut, heart-leaved aster, wild sarsaparilla, beech, dewberry, blackberry, meadow rue, silverrod, winterberry, iris, water horehound, and panicled aster. I also found several wasps, some Japanese beetles (mating), some leaf bugs, and an assassin bug. And some cranberries.

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9/7/20. Pekin Brook Rd, Calais, VT. 1.4 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning I walked along George Rd and Pekin Brook Rd looking for birds. When I got to the point on Pekin Brook where there is an east-facing steep slope covered with birch trees just across the road from the brook I stopped and didn't get any further. Too many warblers in the trees! I found yellow rumps, yellow throats, Nashvilles, a pair of bay-breasted warblers, a red-eyed vireo, some chipping sparrows and song sparrows, some goldfinches, chickadees, blue jays, and mourning doves. Road kill was a large garter snake and a flattened frog-toad.

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9/7/20. Peck Hill Rd, Calais, VT. 1.7 miles today
Categories: leaf miners, insects

This afternoon I took a leisurely stroll down George Rd and up Peck Hill in search of leaf miners for the online class I'm taking with Charley Eiseman. I found miners on plantain, coltsfoot, yellow birch, alternate-leaved dogwood, moneywort, daylilies, heart-leaved aspen, sweet white clover, false Solomon's seal, willow, and hemp nettle. I found some wasps and a honey bee on the Japanese knotweed along the road and a big fat juicy silkmoth caterpillar.

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9/8/20. Tucker Rd, Calais, VT. 1.6 miles today
Categories: birds

This morning when I pulled into the Chickering Bog parking lot for my birdwalk, birds scattered in every direction. There had been several in the parking lot itself, probably song sparrows. I stood around in the parking lot for quite a while to try to see who was making all the warbler chirps but never got a good enough look. Finally, I headed up to Lightening Ridge and down Tucker. I found crows in the freshly mowed field, and heard lots of chickadees and nuthatches. When I came to the clearing where Jim lives with his wandering horses, I was again surrounded by warblers. This time I managed to see a few of them including black-throated greens and Nashville warblers, some song sparrows, gold finches, and blue jays, and a hummer in the planters on the front steps of Jim's house. Then Jim came out to chat and we had a chance to catch up. On the way back I saw several broad-winged hawks perching at the tops of the trees.

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9/8/20. Railroad Bed East, Groton, VT. 1.9 miles today
Categories: leaf miners, insects, birds

Today I went walking along the old Railroad Bed in Groton while my husband rode his unicycle from Marshfield Pond down to Ricker Pond along the rail trail through the woods. Along side the railroad bed is an active beaver pond that likes to overtake the road. After dropping my husband off at Marshfield Pond, I drove down the railroad bed in my Prius. While marked on the map as a road, it isn't really, and shouldn't be driven on in an Prius, but the car survived. I had to drive so slow that my husband nearly kept up with me on his unicycle. There are long pot holes where in wetter seasons the water is over the road. Now the road is dry, but with 6-8" depressions.

I greatly enjoyed the quiet and lack of traffic on the "road" as I went hunting for leaf miners. I found miners on chokecherry, elm, willow, raspberry, balsam poplar, goldenrods, meadowsweet, clematis, flat-topped aster, red maple, blackberry, alder, marsh St. Johnswort, nodding beggarticks, water horehound, paper birch, hawthorn, Joe Pye weed, and mountain ash. Birds today were a song sparrow, a cat bird, a flock of blue jays, a flicker, and a kestrel. Other sights were autumn meadowhawks (in wheel), skippers, a mourning cloak, a white admiral, a monarch, potter wasps, crane fly, yellow jackets, several spiders, including a jumping spider eating the worm out of a goldenrod stem gall, a green caterpillar with black dots, some fall webworm caterpillars, a tricolored bumblebee, a northern amber bumblebee, a common eastern bumblebee, gnat ogre, a willow leaf gall, some hover flies, a lightning bug, and a muskrat. Road kill was a toad and several green frogs.

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9/9/20. Dover Rd, Montpelier VT. 1.9 miles today
Categories: insects, leaf miners

This afternoon I met up with my 2 bug walk friends plus another friend for a hike up to the water tower. We had purposefully chosen the warmest day of the week for our walk, mindful that last week was a little chilly for bugging. Today was perhaps a little too warm (88F), sunny, and dry. My friends were a bit disappointed in the meager bug finds for the day, but I had a grand time searching for leaf miners in the big city. I found miners on sweet white clover, Joe Pie weed, nasturtium, red osier dogwood, buckthorn, honeysuckle, coltsfoot, strawberry, box elder, flat-topped asters, sugar maple, and avens. The worms were still wiggling inside the sugar maple and avens leaves, so I showed them to my friends, who were suitably impressed the cuteness of the worms as seen through backlit leaves.

Other finds today were some Lobelia and silverrod, a willow leaf gall, a grasshopper, an Ichneumon wasp, a paper wasp, a black seed bug, a brown stink bug, a multi-colored leaf hopper, a micromoth, a common eastern bumblebee, a green sweat bee, a small carpenter bee, a lightning bug, and several spiders.

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9/10/20. Chickering Bog access trail, Calais, VT. 1.2 miles today
Categories: leaf miners, arthropods

This morning I went leaf miner searching along the Chickering Bog access trail. In 2 hours I didn't make it even halfway to the bog, but I found lots of leaf miners, which made me quite happy. It was sunny and warm, perhaps the last sunny and warm for the year. I found leaf miners or feeding sign on milkweed, wild parsnip, honeysuckle, lilac, black ash, wild chervil, jewelweed, Joe Pye weed, choke cherry, willow, swamp aster, thimbleberry, coltsfoot, burdock, lady fern, heart-leaved aster, buckthorn, wild lettuce, hawthorn, trillium, sugar maple, wild sarsaparilla, helleborine, hemp nettle, pyrola, marsh fern, avens, baneberry, beech fern, meadow rue, and Christmas fern. Other arthropods for the day were an assassin bug, some spiders, a rove beetle, and a blister beetle.

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9/11/20. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT. 2.1 miles today
Categories: birds, leaf miners, arthropods

This morning I met up with the Friday morning birders at the Nature Center. Today we had 10 people, including 3 leaders, as well as several ringers in the group. So we saw a lot of birds. Highlights for the day were a flock of 50 crows, a palm warbler at close range, a goshawk, lots of red-eyed vireos, black-throated greens, scarlet tanagers, some hummingbirds, a solitary flycatcher, a mallard, and begging juvenile goldfinches. After the walk, I returned for another loop around the property looking for leaf miners and feeding sign. I found possible leaf miners on mugwort, Canada thistle, pineapple weed, goldenrod, grape, bishop's weed, walnut, red osier dogwood, clematis, balsam poplar, ground nut, buckthorn, bindweed, curly dock, sensitive fern, pennywort, ninebark, and alder. And I found my first open New England asters for the season. I also found a common eastern bumblebee, a leaf hopper, a jumping spider, a grasshopper, a lightning bug, and a dead baby mouse.

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9/12/20. Curtis Pond, Calais, VT 2.2 miles today
Categories: leaf miners

This morning I met up with 3 friends for our Saturday morning hike. We hiked along the camp road near Curtis Pond. I found several leaf miners, including some on honeysuckle, thimbleberry, Canada mayflower, Columbine and bush honeysuckle. No road kill today!

9/12/20. Ricker Pond, Groton, VT. 1.7 miles today
Categories: leaf miners, spiders

This afternoon I went kayaking on Ricker Pond while my husband unicycled down from Marshfield Pond. I was looking for more leaf miners along the edge of the pond and in the water plants. I also had my eye out of spiders since I decided to take the online spider workshop with Eagle Hill at the end of the month. I found Tetragnatha, Philodromus, a six-spotted orb weaver, and a Theridion spider. Leaf miners along the pond were on yellow birch, sweet gale, white water lily, mountain holly, and maybe rhododendron.

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9/13/20. Sodom Pond, Calais, VT. 1.6 miles today
Categories: birds, arthropods, leaf miners

This morning I went down to Adamant for an after breakfast bird walk. The birds were relatively quiet, or maybe I just didn't hear them because I was having so much fun chasing leaf miners. I found some autumn meadow hawks, a darner, a spreadwing, some wasps, some bumblebees, a crab spider, a dagger moth caterpillar, and a monarch. The only birds I caught were a juvenile robin and a wood duck. Leaf miners around the pond were on honeysuckle, chokecherry, alder, balsam poplar, Clematis, beggarticks, buckthorn, aster, blackberry, bush honeysuckle, swamp aster, and swamp milkweed.

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9/14/20. East Montpelier Town Forest, Adamant, VT. 1.5 miles today
Categories: leaf miners, arthropods

This afternoon I took a stroll through the East Montpelier Town Forest in search of leaf miners. I started with a brief stroll through the music school grounds near the Adamant Church. I found leaf miners on some planted sunflowers near the back door of the music school dining hall, and some more on some planted oaks on the hill side. The school now has a forest of new-to-the-area tree starts on the hill, including some burr oaks, and perhaps swamp white oak, plus a sycamore. I wonder who has decided to create this forest of odd trees here and why. I found more leaf miners on raspberries, Joe Pye weed, chokecherry, goldenrods, red maple, hop hornbeam, asters, Canada mayflower, helleborine, and dogwood. I also found a jumping spider, a caterpillar, and a pair of Japanese beetles (mating). I found that searching for leaf miners helped me focus on the mix of plant species that I was seeing. There was a lot more species diversity in the shrubby wet slope on the edge of the forest than deep in the mature woods (duh!) where most of the ground cover was ferns. I came out of the forest today along a mowed utility corridor that I walked for the very first time, a new discovery for me, even though I've been walking this area for 20 years.

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9/15/20. #10 Pond, Calais, VT
Categories: leaf miners, arthropods

This afternoon I dropped my husband off with his unicycle at Greenwood Lake so he could do a 12 mile road home. Then I plunked my kayak in #10 Pond, which I haven't boated on in several years. The water level in the pond is quite low due to our ongoing drought. I would estimate perhaps 18-24" lower than usual. I had hoped to find lots of leafminers in the overhanging branches, but many of the branches were several feet from the water. Lots of alders and some birches, mostly yellow birch, were hanging over the water, plus some white ashes and a black cherry or two. In general there wasn't much variety in the foliage that I could reach. Still, I found leafminers on pond lily, alder, willow, red maple, yellow birch, paper birch, boneset, and black cherry. I also found a few strands of purple loosestrife and a patch of poison ivy. Plus several spiders and a snail shell.

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