WABC Today in Carroll County — Soaked but not Shut Out

Trip organizer Beth Johnson and local lep expert Bob Ringler took a few hardy folks to a number of Carroll County locations from around 9:30 am – 3 pm today (the late start because yours truly was delayed en route giving last rites to a car-struck deer).  While much of the time was spent in the cars waiting for the rain to stop, or driving to new sites hoping to dodge the rain squalls, we got rained on at practically every stop.  We were a troop of damp, dispirited individuals until we hit Heshawa Nature Center, where we were blessed with about a half hour of bright, steamy sunshine at the end of the day coupled with abundant Joe-Pye weed and spearmint.

Other highlights included a truly spectacular butterfly garden in Manchester, directly across from a small managed wetland along the creek there, and a nectar-rich powerline right-of-way (our first stop, where we got a rain shower within the first 15 minutes).

Going back over my notes from the trip, we actually did much better than I thought in my soggy state — especially for this slow summer.  Bob knows some really productive nectar sources; imagine what they’d be like in sunny weather.  We’ll prevail on him again next season to take us back, if he’ll have us!

WABC Carroll County Field Trip
Various locations around Westminster/Manchester
2011 August 13

Black Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Eastern Tailed-blue
Red-banded Hairstreak
Pearl Crescent
Common Wood Nymph (seen by Rick & Beth only)
Common Buckeye
Variegated Fritillary
Red-spotted Purple
Silver-spotted Skipper
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Least Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Peck’s Skipper
Tawny-edged Skipper
Crossline Skipper
Dun Skipper
Zabulon Skipper

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