Slow Morning at Palmyra

It looks like migration is still lagging at Palmyra Cove, but it was still a beautiful morning to get out on Saturday. The ponds are all very full around the park, which will hopefully translate into lots of odonata later this summer. There’s a few species out already but the larger group is yet to come.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for the birds – usually spring migration its in full swing by now, but things are moving along slowly throughout the region (although a late report from Cape May on Sunday seems to show a burgeoning population of migrants coming into the area).

Still, the fact I was able to get out fort a few hours of hiking was much appreciated. The list:

* = lifelist,
^ = First of Year

Cardinal
Blue Jay
Robin
Canada goose
Mallard
Mockingbird
Great blue heron
Blue-gray gnatcatcher^
Yellow warbler^
Palm warbler^
Red winged blackbird
Eastern towhee
Carolina wren
House wren
House sparrow
House finch
Goldfinch
Downy woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Ring billed gull
Tufted Titmouse
Chickadee
Mourning dove
Tree swallow
Turkey vulture
American crow

BUTTERFLIES
Spring azure^
Eastern comma
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Cabbage white

ODONATA
Common whitetail
Darner species^
Fragile forktail
Eastern forktail^

HERPS
Garter snake (2)^
Painted turtle^

The Pictures
Foxy End of Winter Wren Home, Sweet Home

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