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Birds and Butterflies, Leicester

Birds & Butterflies with Massachusetts Butterfly Club, Leicester
  Leader:  Dolores Price.   Weather:  Sunny with a refreshing breeze, 72 to 85 degrees.

Thirteen participants enjoyed a perfect summer morning for our annual Forbush Bird Club / Massachusetts Butterfly Club field trip in Leicester. Locations visited were Route 56 west of Worcester Airport, the path from Mulberry Street to the Friends Cemetery (“Spider Gates”), and the Mulberry Street field.  A late stop after noon at the Leicester Recycling Center’s hilltop field produced a Black-billed Cuckoo, an Indigo Bunting, and five additional butterfly species.

Many thanks to Joan Gallagher for keeping the bird list.

Number of species observed:
   Birds:   29
   Butterflies:  26

Wild Turkey  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Accipiter  sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Black-billed Cuckoo   1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Least Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  x
Barn Swallow  1
Bobolink  6
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow   1
Indigo Bunting   2
American Goldfinch  9

Butterfly Highlights: 2 Silver-bordered Fritillaries (very uncommon at Rt. 56 roadside), 2 Baltimore Checkerspots (a first for this trip), 1 Common Sootywing (a good find at the recycling center field), and 30 Silver-spotted Skippers (often nectaring on Dogbane).

Complete list of the butterflies:
Black Swallowtail  8
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  6
Spicebush Swallowtail   1
Cabbage White  14
Clouded Sulphur  5
Orange Sulphur   3
American Copper   1
Eastern Tailed-Blue   2
Great Spangled Fritillary  9
Silver-bordered Fritillary   2
Pearl Crescent  1
Baltimore Checkerspot  2
Question Mark  1
Mourning Cloak  1
Red Admiral  1
American Lady  2
Red-spotted Purple   2
Appalachian Brown   1
Little Wood Satyr  9
Common Wood Nymph  1
Monarch  1
Silver-spotted Skipper  30
Northern Cloudywing   1
Common Sootywing   1
Little Glassywing   1
Dun Skipper   5

(Trip report submitted by Donna Schilling)

Richard Scarlet