Field Trip to Shenk’s Wildlife Preserve, 4/8/2017

Plant list

Susquehanna Trillium
Trout Lily
Dutchman’s Breeches
Virginia Bluebell
Spring Beauty

Purple Dead Nettle
Cut-leaved Toothwort
Garlic Mustard
Marsh Marigold
Blue Cohosh
Wild Blue Phlox
Common Blue Violet
Rue Anemone

Plants identified but not blooming:
Wild Ginger
Putty Root Orchid
Wild Columbine
Skunk Cabbage

Escaped domesticated flowers:
Grape Hyacinth
Day Lilies (not blooming)

Spring Azure
Cabbage White
Mourning Cloak
Comma Butterfly

Bird lists

Columbia River Park, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US Apr 8, 2017 9:40 AM - 10:00 AM Protocol: Stationary 10 species

Canada Goose X
Mallard X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Turkey Vulture X
Common Tern 70 small tern, typical wing shape, red legs, black cap, dark trailing edge on wings.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Blue Jay X
Tree Swallow X
American Robin X
European Starling X

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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US Apr 8, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 14 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Downy Woodpecker X
Eastern Phoebe X
American Crow X
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Brown Creeper X
Carolina Wren X
White-crowned Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
Eastern Towhee X
Northern Cardinal X
American Goldfinch X

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Some of the stream crossings at Shenk’s Wildlife Preserve were a little challenging and a group effort was required:

Photographs by Linette Mansberger and Kathy King