Still stinging with the disappointment of having to call off the WABC field trip to Nassawango, I headed out to Oxbow Nature Preserve near Laurel (Anne Arundel Co.) for the 90 whole minutes of feeble sunshine we had today. Worth it; FOY falcate orange-tip was basking on a west-facing slope along the lake (although I searched diligently, without success, for any Dentaria). Only other butterflies were an Eastern comma and an unidentified (but probably) question mark.
This is an interesting area with some high pines, lots of vaccinium (of at least two species), and scatted holly. Will bear watching as the season progresses. It’s rumored to be one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in MD — a cut-off oxbow bend in the Patuxent River. Could also easily have plenty of nectar sources like pickerel weed and joe-pye in season.
An added bonus was the chorus of a hundred or more toads in full trill along the southwest end of the lake, interspersed with plenty of spring peepers, and a couple of waves of warblers through the beech trees.