Saturday, June 29, 2013

More Middlesex Birding - Joany's Woods

One place I had not been to in the breeding season is Joany's Woods on the west border of Middlesex County near Sylvan.  Early last winter a Barred Owl was hanging out there.
Although very wet from overnight rain, it turned out to be a nice day (weather forecast wrong again!).  One of the first birds I heard and eventually observed was a Blue-winged Warbler.  In fact, I saw several since many breed in the area.
At one point an individual was carrying food and was very agitated!



The only other warbler type I encountered besides Yellow and Common Yellowthroat, was Ovenbird.  Veery was common as well as Wood Thrush.
Another agitated bird!


I heard/saw both cuckoos, including this Yellow-billed.

Probably the best bird there was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Never got a photo of it though.  They seem to be seen farther and farther south anymore.

Some Scarlet Tanagers were around including this one singing atop a dead tree.

A few butterflies were out including the FOY Great Spangled Fritillary and Common Wood Nymph.



I also found a nice Silvery Checkerspot.   Harris's would have been better though!

Several dragonflies included this one which appears to be a Black-shouldered Spinyleg.

Closer to home I looked for hairstreaks which are still incredibly scarce.  Only found these two today!

 this one very high (cropped photo):



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