Date: 5/2/18 5:15 am From: Ross Brittain <brittainra...> Subject: Some seasonal firsts
Hi All, I have been out and about for classes and my son's baseball lately and noticed some few firsts for the season... finally having a chance to post them:
1 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (first at our feeder in Bridgeport on 5/2) 2 - House Wren (occupying one of our nesting boxes... female and male 4/29) 1 - Chestnut-sided Warbler (Philippi 4/27) 2 - Eastern Bluebird (occupying one of our nesting boxes... eggs on nest 4/28... late this year) 4 - Blue-headed Vireo (Canaan Valley 4/22) 2 - Dark-eyed Junco (males advertising territory in Canaan Valley 4/22) 6 - Swamp Sparrow (Canaan Valley 4/22) 1 - Field Sparrow (Beall Tract in CVNWR 4/22) 2 - Black Vulture (Philippi nearly every day for a month) 8 - Broad-winged Hawk (Canaan Valley 4/22... good day to migrate) 1 - Gray Catbird (at our suet feeder 4/20) 2 - Brown Thrasher (presumed pair at our suet feeder on 4/28, to go along with resident NOMO to complete the Mimidae triumvirate at our feeders)
Among Lepidoptera I have also seen: Tiger Swallowtail Spring Azure Cabbage White Clouded Sulphur Question Mark Comma Mourning Cloak Juvenal's Duskywing
Wildflowers have been very slow to start but in the last week a couple of stars arrived: Goldenseal Trout lily (great year for them on AB campus with several dozen in bloom)
Gray morels have been abundant, too, but have yet to see a yellow morel... need some rain.
*Ross Brittain, PhD* Dean, College of Science, Technology & Mathematics Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Alderson Broaddus University 101 College Hill Drive, Box 2096 Philippi, WV 26416 304-457-6428 <brittainra...> [image: Alderson Broaddus University]