We drove two friends to Ward Pond Ridge, Westchester County, New York yesterday. It was too hot to walk much. We enjoyed a picnic by Cross River. There were butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, and one snake up a tree. It was resting after having just shed its skin.
After visiting Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in the morning of June 21st we drove down to Jamaica Bay in he afternoon and saw an additional 25 species of birds for the day in an hour. The jet speed antics of the Tree Swallows are such fun to watch.
On the second day with the rental car, after a later than desired start, we arrived at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation around 9:30 am on May 21st.
The highlight of the day was the Pileated Woodpecker deep in the woods on the FH trail by Fox Hill. It was very far away. I was lucky to get a blurry couple of photos at 600mm. We saw about 26 species of birds, but not many butterflies. Tiger Swalllowtails, Cabage Whites, Silver-spotted Skipper, and a Mourning Cloak.
The second gallery is landscapes and plants. I would like to know the names of all the insects. I sent some of the pictures to bugguide.net.
Tomorrow I’ll show part two of the trip – Jamaica Bay.