On our last nature walk of the season, we once again had wonderful wildlife viewing weather. Today was a perfect morning for viewing birds and we saw plenty of them. Nita Cox and John Thalacker joined me in identifying 12 different species of birds, including several sightings of summer tanagers, a swallow-tailed kite, rufous-sided towhees, blue-grey gnatcatchers, a pileated woodpecker and red and white vireos. By the time we were finishing our walk, the butterflies were showing up for our pleasurable viewing. We saw palamedes swallowtails, common buckeyes, gulf fritillaries, and dusky roadside skipper butterflies. Sand blackberry, flag pawpaw, white wild indigo, wild bachelor’s button, Carolina rockrose, blackroot, shiny lyonia and rusty lyonia were all in bloom today. It really was a wonderful day to be in the woods, even the biting insects were kept at bay with a faint breeze.
Have a wonderful summer and I hope to see you next fall when we once again resume our monthly walk in the woods.