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.
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.