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Arboretum: Warblers and Trillium

I returned to the Arboretum last Thursday to see if I could pick out a few migrating warblers. I was happy to see four species.

First, the American redstart. These birds spend the winter in the region from southern Mexico and the Caribbean to northeastern South America.

American redstart
American redstart

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Forest Hills Cemetery on a Spring Day

Yesterday was the last in a long streak of sunny and dry days in Boston. I visited Forest Hills Cemetery to see what I could find.

I saw this eastern forktail damselfly resting on a reed at the edge of Lake Hibiscus. Damselflies rest with their wings closed or only slightly open. According to A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts, eastern forktails emerge early in the spring and are very common in this area.

Eastern Forktail Damselfly resting
Eastern Forktail Damselfly

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Spring Walk Around the Pond

We saw a couple birds for the first time this spring on yesterday’s walk around Jamaica Pond. A spotted sandpiper was hopping along the banks, trying to keep its distance from us. When it flew away, it flew low over the water.

Spotted sandpiper by the banks of Jamaica Pond
Spotted sandpiper

We also saw a yellow-rumped warbler. We could easily see the yellow patch under the wing but had to wait until the bird ruffled its feathers for us to see the namesake yellow patch on its back.

Yellow-rumped warbler, sitting still and flashing its rump
Yellow-rumped warbler, flashing its namesake patch on the right.

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