Hormones surge, song erupts, the wild dance of courtship and its integral part in the race to begin new life is underway. Both birds and frogs have begun their musical chorus to break the long silence of our winter season. Butterflies and moths with warming temperatures have begun their emergence. Color from dormant plants returns to stir our awe to the vibrant world in which we live yet so greedily try to destroy.
I visited Sussex County on Friday, March 18 and had several first of year species for Virginia:
Birds- Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo
Odonates- Blue Corporal 13, Robust Baskettail 18
Butterflies- Juvenal’s Duskywing 1, E. Tiger Swallowtail 8, Falcate Orangetip 2, Henry’s Elfin 6, Azure sp. 1, Polygonia sp. 2
Amphibians- E. Cricket Frog 1, Southern Leopard Frog 2
Snakes- Black Racer 2
While in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Thursday, March 17 I observed a FOY Common Green Darner.
The first part of the month has held a few observations of interest. Ross’s Geese in eastern Henrico County, Long-tailed Duck in Goochland/Powhatan County and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow in Goochland County.