Today, I only worked the morning as I wanted to take part in another outing in the afternoon (more on that later!). Our first stop was at the Chatham-Kent/Elgin border where two parallel rail lines pass through at MacPherson Line. On the Elgin side, we walked to an interesting area locally known as Taylor's Pond.
It was originally used by the railroad, but has a large pond with wooded area and plantings of Scotch Pine and some open areas. Naturally, it has been growing in since I first saw the place many years ago.
We go here to mainly to get the Coral Hairstreaks.
We found perhaps up to 8. Often there is also Acadian here, but not today.
One Striped Hairstreak was found on White Sweet Clover.
As one would expect, a few odes were here. I believe this is a Variable Dancer which is common here.
There was not much along the rail lines, but that is typcial of the year we are having.
A Hickory Hairstreak was found by 'Uncle Paul' just before we left.
There were no surprise bird sightings, but a Sora was calling in the little marsh at MacPherson Road between the two old rail lines.
Later in the morning we checked out the Benishek property south of Highgate. Much of the old farmland has been planted as tall-grass prairie.
We were surprised at how few butterflies there were. In one back corner I found some hairstreaks which included a couple of Striped and a few Banded.
Also at that particular location, we found a Gray Treefrog perched on a Common Milkweed! As these frogs adapt their colour to the surroundings, this one too one a pale green colour.
Since I pass through Thamesville on the way home, I had to stop at the bridge south of the village where American Rubyspots are found. Sure enough I found a few.
It is a messy place to get into with the steep river bank and overgrown areas. I could not get very close due to the steep bank.
Later in the summer we will see Smokey Rubyspots here as well.
The afternoon portion of my day went well with a surprise just after we started walking. More on that in the next post!