Time of day seems to be important in finding certain things such as dragonflies. I first stopped at McKeough CA and looked for Flag-tailed Spinylegs. It was just too early in the day.
I next drove around a bit and found out that the field where I found Dickcissels earlier had been cut. That means Bobolinks, meadowlarks and other birds were affected as well. The few spots left for these birds are still a lost cause!
Another stop was Moore WMA. The Solitary Sandpiper from Thursday was still present.
I wandered back a ways into territory I used to check out frequently.
There are trails that go way back and it was always interesting for butterflies, especially hairstreaks.
In my brief visit, I did find a Hickory and a couple of Banded.
No emeralds were seen in the little creek, but perhaps it was too early in the day.
I worked my way to NW of Brigden where I stopped into the Buchanan property. The main goal was to check out some sedge areas where skippers were being seen.
While there, one or two other skippers briefly nectared on the Swamp Milkweed. They strongly looked like Dukes', but with the possibility of the similar-looking Dion being present, I was not 100% convinced.
However, there are things to look for which can separate the two species fairly easily. I have seen only a couple of the more common Dion Skippers over the years, but I have seen lots of Dukes'!
Later we went to a smaller sedge area (quite some distance from the other) in which I remarked that it was perfect for Dukes' Skippers. Nobody had ever seen anything at this spot before. At first nothing was seen, but then a couple of large skippers flew by. I waited for a long time and finally one landed briefly. I was certain it was a Dukes', but it was not there long enough to take a photo. As with birds, I take a good look first before wasting time setting up the camera.
We went back to the first sedge area and I caught another photo of one of the skippers.
It certainly looked like Dukes'.
I tend to be too cautious about some things, so I sent photos to someone to examine. Hands down these sedge skippers were Dukes'. This is a NEW location for them in Lambton County! (The Reid CA location was new in 2008).
While there we saw other butterflies including a nice Striped Hairstreak.
And, lots of Appalachian Browns.
On the way home I stopped by McKeough CA once again and finally was able to see a few Flag-tailed Spinylegs in their usual spot.
I also stopped in nearby Reid CA and saw a couple of Dukes' Skippers there to round out the day.
By this time, it was just too hot to be out!
|Eastern Amberwing at McKeough|