Many birds have left it seems, and other insects were few. I did see one of the 'cruisers'. Maybe it was just a Royal River, but it did not stop for any length of time.
I flushed out a Great-horned Owl, but it was definitely not a Barred! The winter of 2012-13 saw a Barred Owl take up residence here.
|Great-spangled Fritillary at Joany's|
I headed down to Strathroy for a walk around the lagoons. Like many this year, water is very high. No chance of shorebirds!
I was delighted to see several Milbert's Tortoiseshells.
They can be plentiful in certain locales, but I have never seen them anywhere near Wallaceburg. One of the prettier butterflies.
Other butterflies included Common Ringlets, Viceroys, Least Skippers and Red-spotted Purples.
Not far from the lagoons is Clark Wright CA. It is a nice little spot to see a variety of wildlife. A White-eyed Vireo has nested here the last couple of years, and I heard it upon first arriving.
Some butterflies can be found here including more Milbert's Tortoiseshells.
Recently I read on the Mogg Blog that some American Coppers are here. Sometimes these can be difficult to find. Luckily I found one along the trail. The only one I have seen this year so far!
The only other place I recall seeing them in SW Ontario is Ojibway!
While in Middlesex, I decided to hear south and check out Wardsville Woods. It can be good for butterflies at time. Today they were scarce, but I did see 15 species. Included was this American Painted-Lady.
I briefly went through Skunk's Misery and walked one trail. The Chestnut-sided Warblers have dispersed as well as other birds. It would have been a better walk if the sun was out, but afterall it is the weekend.
Several Ichneumon Wasps were along that trail. I recall seeing one of these in the yard when I was young and had no idea what it was until I looked it up. One I will always remember!
With Wild Burgemot out all over now, Snowberry Clearwings and Hummingbird Clearwings were quite happy. They are unique moths that look like hummingbirds!