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Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:33:08 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Wasted effort in late morning at Raven Rock State Park, NC

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The weather forecast was off this morning -- not variable cloudiness, but
totally cloudy, and we had slight sprinkles after about 11:15. Though
mild enough for things to be flying, it is still winter for butterflies
there -- we (Lori Arent, Lori White, and I) could only muster 1 E. Tiger
Swallowtail (FOY for us) and 1 Summer Azure, nectaring on a Redbud in bloom
by the visitor center, at the park, in Harnett County. Things seem to be
"late" around here, or at least -- not as early as in the last 5-10 years.
We should be seeing a few Juvenal's Duskywings and a Falcate Orangetip or
two by now -- but these two common spring butterflies just aren't really
popping yet in most of NC. Too much winter rain??

The flight chart for FOT in the NC Piedmont shows the most records are from
March 20-31! Yikes! Here we are March 25, and they are barely being
reported in NC this year so far. Thankfully, there are nearly as many
records for April 1-10. So, no worries, but they are either quite late, or
way down. We won't know for a while.

Highest # of NC Piedmont records for Juvenal's DW are April 1-10, but not
far below is the March 20-31 period. Get this -- there is a Montgomery
County tally of 420 JDW on March 24, 2000! They are way, way down in
numbers in recent years, for reasons not obvious to me; oaks are everywhere.

We'll try somewhere tomorrow AFTERNOON! Enough of late morning
butterflying in March, especially under cloudy skies. It isn't working for
us in 2021. (As I write this now, at HOME, the sun is out at 2:30 -- not
in the forecast.)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

P.S. We did get 5 singing species of warblers in the park on the north
side -- many Yellow-throateds, several Black-and-whites, a few LA
Waterthrushes,and 1 Northern Parula, plus the usual Pines. And, we saw a
Loggerhead Shrike on River Road just east of the park -- always great to
see one in the Piedmont. So, not a complete waste of $5-6 of gas.

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>The weather forecast was off this morning -- not vari=
able cloudiness, but totally cloudy, and we had slight sprinkles after abou=
t 11:15.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Though mild enough for things to be flying, it is stil=
l winter for butterflies there -- we (Lori Arent, Lori White, and I) could =
only muster 1 E. Tiger Swallowtail (FOY for us) and 1 Summer Azure, nectari=
ng on a Redbud in bloom by the visitor center, at the park, in Harnett Coun=
ty.=C2=A0 Things seem to be &quot;late&quot; around here, or at least -- no=
t as early as in the last 5-10 years.=C2=A0 We should be seeing a few Juven=
al&#39;s Duskywings and a Falcate Orangetip or two by now -- but these two =
common spring butterflies just aren&#39;t really popping yet in most of NC.=
=C2=A0 Too much winter rain??<br></div><div><br></div><div>The flight chart=
for FOT in the NC Piedmont shows the most records are from March 20-31!=C2=
=A0 Yikes!=C2=A0 Here we are March 25, and they are barely being reported i=
n NC this year so far.=C2=A0 Thankfully, there are nearly as many records f=
or April 1-10.=C2=A0 So, no worries, but they are either quite late, or way=
down.=C2=A0 We won&#39;t know for a while.</div><div><br></div><div>Highes=
t # of NC Piedmont records for Juvenal&#39;s DW are April 1-10, but not far=
below is the March 20-31 period.=C2=A0 Get this -- there is a Montgomery C=
ounty tally of 420 JDW on March 24, 2000!=C2=A0=C2=A0 They are way, way dow=
n in numbers in recent years, for reasons not obvious to me; oaks are every=
where.</div><div><br></div><div>We&#39;ll try somewhere tomorrow AFTERNOON!=
=C2=A0 Enough of late morning butterflying in March, especially under cloud=
y skies.=C2=A0 It isn&#39;t working for us in 2021.=C2=A0 (As I write this =
now, at HOME, the sun is out at 2:30 -- not in the forecast.)<br></div><div=
><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh</div><div><br></div><div>P.=
S.=C2=A0 We did get 5 singing species of warblers in the park on the north =
side -- many Yellow-throateds, several Black-and-whites, a few LA Waterthru=
shes,and 1 Northern Parula, plus the usual Pines.=C2=A0 And, we saw a Logge=
rhead Shrike on River Road just east of the park -- always great to see one=
in the Piedmont.=C2=A0 So, not a complete waste of $5-6 of gas.<br></div><=
div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><=
div><br></div></div>

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