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
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Common Wood Nymph (seen by Rick & Beth only)
Wild Indigo Duskywing