I did not go far on holiday Monday. By noon the heat and humidity did me in! We had some thunderstorms by mid afternoon anyway.
I headed up to Dow Wetlands south of Sarnia first thing. A few Boblinks were moving around in the grasslands.
There were several dragonflies in the ponds, including Slaty Skimmers.
I then decided to walk at Perch Creek. I went to look for Broad-winged Skippers, and did find one that never stayed still. I was hoping for some early Leonard's Skippers, but that may have to wait until next week.
There were few butterflies (the trend this summer), but I did come across a lingering Striped Hairstreak.
There is lots of Culvers Root and Spiked Blazing Star in one area.
Some non-native species such as Elecampane are present as well.
Some common tiny moths that are easily overlooked include the White-striped Black. I have seen many of these lately.
On the way home, I stopped by Wilkesport and a Royal River Cruiser decided to pose nicely.
Royal Rivers are actually quite common along the north branch of the Sydenham.
Over the pond, an Osprey was making some rounds.
A female Mallard seemed to be taking over duties of looking after the young Hooded Mergansers.