Biking to West Dyke Trail

Here are some of the things I encountered while out biking at West Dyke Trail.

Red-eared Slider, one of the many in the ditch.

Beautiful sunny day

Works by people who had too much time on their hands

LinkWoodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides). According to this site, "[f]orewing has a black stigma (male) or a black diagonal band (female)." Stigma are modified scales found on males of some butterflies that release pheromones during courtship. This blogger briefly mentioned stigma in this post, but I still have no idea where the stigmas are located.

Observed several Cedar Waxwings again on the north side of the Terra Nova Natural Area.

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Today I realized there are constructions going on in Terra Nova! I hate constructions! Especially in places that doesn't need them.

What is the point of creating more trails on a (tiny, semi-natural) land that's pretty much well covered?


Turning my eyes to the other side - much better.

Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)
Lots of dragonflies still. This is the Eight-spotted Skimmer.

Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
I spotted a couple of frogs today - in ditches and the slough. I believe this is a Green Frog (Rana clamitans). Its natural range is eastern North America, but the pet trade probably brought them here and then ignorant owners dumped them into the slough.

Heard a few Spotted Towhee singing today.

Another Bald-faced Hornet nest.

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