August 9, 2013

Clearing Storm at Great Meadows

Fox grapes and autumn olive berries
Silky dogwood berries (Cornus amonum)
Off shore clouds retreating
Red-humped caterpillar (Schizura concinna) on false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)
Blue dasher dragonfly on purple loosestrife
Red admiral butterfly sipping while wings dry
Spotted several tiny viceroy butterfly caterpillars at the mid-vein tips of a pussywillow

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Tiny spider repairing her web after the rain

As the clouds parted from the day's heavy rain, I dashed over to Great Meadows to catch the evening storm light on the bathed marshscape.  Everything was glistening and creatures great and small were coming out to feed.  The setting sun highlighted every detail and set all the droplets glistening.  Migrating shorebirds, who were waiting out the day's weather stirred in the marshes.  Concord's Willy Hutcheson reported an incredible list of shorebirds just before I arrived, including 17 Stilt Sandpipers, who flew off to the SE soon after the rain stopped, along with 2 short-billed dowitchers, 3 pectoral sandpipers, 6 solitary sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 8 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 16 Least Sandpipers, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and 2 Killdeer (posted on MassBird).  And as I headed out for my dinner, 6 calling, greater yellow legs flew overhead adding the perfect last note to this beautiful August evening.

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