Nature Explorations at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation
Our walk at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation yesterday yielded some nice encounters. Below is a listing of the different species and a few notes from the field.
Wood Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler – 5 juveniles or females – at the early end of the date range in the Gold Book, Great Blue Heron – 1, Great Egret – 8 perched together, later 2 perched across Goose Creek, Green Heron – 6 or 8, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 seen, 2 or 3 heard, Red-tailed Hawk – juvenile, Killdeer – 1, Solitary Sandpiper – 4, Least Sandpiper – 2, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo – heard, Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1, Belted Kingfisher – 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker – heard, Downy Woodpecker – 1, No. Flicker – heard, Willow Flycatcher – 1 silent one perched atop a willow where they’ve perennially nested, Red-eyed Vireo – good looks at 1, American Crow, Tree swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing – heard by a few, American Redstart – extended looks at a young male, Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow – parents feeding young in a nest next to the parking area, Field Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Am. Goldfinch
Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Orange Sulfur, Eastern Tailed Blue, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy, Monarch – approximately 4
Noteworthy “bugs” and spiders:
large Praying Mantis munching on a skipper!
a couple large Golden Orb Spiders on beautiful webs
Reptiles and Amphibians:
a large water snake swimming across the marsh pool water, 2 or 3 times seen
a Painted Turtle swimming across the clear shallow water of the Goose Creek
a tiny Green frog (thumbnail size)
a White-tailed Deer in the marsh
Sneezeweed, Wild Mistflower (Ageratum), New York Ironweed, Swamp Milkweed, Moth Mullein, goldenrod, Wingstem, Birdsfoot Trefoil