Blue Ridge Parkway 5/25/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I thought that I would give the parkway another try at finding warblers before the summer leaves were fully open and the end of spring migration. I stopped at various spots between mm. 0 and 12, but only saw Cerulean, B&W, Hooded, and American Redstarts. Scarlet Tanagers put on a good show, and a snail and a beetle made for good photo subjects. I saw a couple of Woodchucks hiding in the rock face along the parkway - they were gray instead of the usual reddish brown we see here in the valley, and much thinner than their valley cousins.

Hooded Warbler

Male American Redstart

Cerulean Warbler

B&W Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager


Wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle (Clytus ruricola)

Wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle (Clytus ruricola)


When I got home I checked on the Red-shouldered Hawk's nest - the little ones are losing the fuzz from their heads.

Red-shouldered Hawks

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