Journal archives for March 2022

March 04, 2022

Early spring observations around the Donald Barn

Today new species were observed for the first time this year...

Small Pennant (likely a Halloween Pennant)

  • low flying in the field, moist section, didn't stop for very long at any one spot, buzzing about with White Peacocks

Belted Kingfisher

  • observed with binoculars over the pond near a Great Egret. Stayed for a five minutes or so and then flew away

Red Admiral, by the pond on the northeast side

Common Buckeye, in the southeast field

Also observed was a large Sulphur (likely either Cloudless or Orange-barred).

Posted on March 04, 2022 05:37 PM by kpdonald kpdonald | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 10, 2022

Swallowtails are in the Park

A swallowtail was observed today at Heritage Park, for what I believe is the second time this early spring. The first observation, several weeks ago, appeared to be an Eastern Tiger. Today, it looked like a Black Swallowtail. In both cases I was not prepared for a picture, as they continued their passing through, without stopping for nectar. The first was observed in the Food Forest area and the second was observed along the Jackson St Border.

We plan to plant Wild Lime in the near future to provide food sources on Swallowtails to develop on-site. Exciting!

Posted on March 10, 2022 02:16 AM by kpdonald kpdonald | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 13, 2022

Julia sighting on Friday, March 11th

Friday was a day filled with new sightings in the park... Swallowtails, Pennants, and a Julia. The Julia was seen flying down the Jackson St access drive area towards the building. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture, as the butterfly flew by and up and out of range quickly. It was quite distinct: lighter, golden orange, with less markings than a Gulf Fritillary (very common on-site), and flying higher, too. Going to be keeping an eye out and hope to catch it on its favorite host (Corky stem) and nectar plants (Lantana, etc.) soon...

Posted on March 13, 2022 01:48 AM by kpdonald kpdonald | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 27, 2022

Swallowtail Kite above the Donald Barn

Observed for the first time a Swallowtail Kite. The beautiful bird flew over the barn while I was sitting on the porch, and continued over the pond and cottage hammock. It was flying low, just over the house and canopy. Hopefully it'll be back and stay for a photo.

Posted on March 27, 2022 11:30 PM by kpdonald kpdonald | 0 comments | Leave a comment