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Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2019 15:37:45 -0400
From: 'Garry Kessler' via MassLep <masslep...>
Subject: [MassLep] Horn Pond Mtn., Edwards' HS

In spite of the weather we walked Horn Pond Mtn today. We were joined by
one other intrepid enthusiast, Sara T. Weather was overcast and low 70s
from 10:00 - 12:00 and dimming sun and high 70s from 1:00 - 1:30.

10:00 - 12:00
Edwards' Hairstreak - 1,
Red Admiral - 1
American Lady - 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1

Good look at a male indigo bunting

NJ teas is 25% in flower. The most productive clump at the top is
greatly diminished in size however. I'm concerned that because this has
been the best hairstreak flowers in the past that people
(photographers?) may have crushed some of the plants in their zeal to
get close to the butterflies. It appears this may also be happening to
the mint in the same area. Note: the mint is also a hairstreak attractor
especially as the NJ tea fades. Please be careful around the plants at
the top and the NJ tea in general. Note: many of the plants are not in
flower and may not flower this year. This makes them easy to overlook
and walk on.

1:00 - 1:30
Edwards Hairstreak - 2
Cabbage white - 1

Close looks at two immature Baltimore Orioles.

For those interested

Baltimore Checkerspots - 3, Harvard, MA, 6/28/19,
Hoary-edged Skipper - 8, Worcester, MA, 6/24/19,

Garry and Annie Kessler
Westborough, MA

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