We weren’t sure what we’d find but thought a walk around O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve might reveal some wildflowers and maybe a few migrating warblers. No warblers were observed but there were plenty of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers to keep us entertained. While the warblers were a bit disappointing the wildflowers were not. The area has always been good for them and this year is no exception.
Located on the west side of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, we’ve always enjoyed intimate nature of the preserve. This quality is at least partly due to the small streams that flow through it on their way to the reservoir.
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We hadn’t walked far when we started seeing Tree Swallows. They’re beautiful birds but are responsible for fewer Bluebirds being seen as they appear to have set up housekeeping in the Bluebird boxes.
In a cove a Great Blue Heron and Great Egret were looking for lunch.
While walking along one of the creeks we noticed a hole where a large wasp had just emerged. It least that’s our best guess.
A little further on a mysterious black fungus was seen on an Beech tree.
We figured it out from a post on the The Beautiful Wildlife Garden site. It turns out that, “the Beech Wooly Aphid (Grylloprociphilis imbricator) feeds by sucking the fluids from Beech leaves and twigs. They leave behind a sugary honeydew which collects on the leaves and other parts of the tree, and can invite a fungus to form, called Black Sooty Mold”.
We had some fun trying different angles with the Trout Lilies in an effort to reveal different aspects of the flower.
But it was hard to ignore the other flowers.
Beech leaves from last fall don’t want to let go.
Tree trunk landscape.
Just starting to be green.
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