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Common Loon / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Common Loon / © Bryan Pfeiffer

May 18, 2013: A breakout day for flying things. It began on one of my guided bird walks to Berlin Pond: Virginia Rail at our feet. Yellow Warblers glowing above. Scarlet Tanager, in a naked white ash, fully framed in the spotting scopes. A Winter Wren exploding in song in full-frontal view on a log. And Common Loons investigating a nest site. We noted 64 bird species in total at Berlin Pond this morning. That list is below.

But insects also launched today. I noted nine butterfly species on the wing: Black Swallowtail, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (photo below), Cabbage White, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Comma, Green Comma and Dreamy Duskywing. Dragonflies matched with nine of their own: Springtime Darner, Dusky Clubtail, Twin-spotted Spiketail, Stream Cruiser (below), American Emerald, Beaverpond Baskettail, Uhler’s Sundragon, Eastern Forktail and a Bluet species. And the tiger beetle list included Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Claybank Tiger Beetle and Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (below). Onward to the season of flight. Here are more big photos.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata). / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata). / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Finally, here’s that bird list from Berlin Pond, Berlin, Vermont:

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Common Loon
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Virginia Rail
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chimney Swift
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Winter Wren
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Veery
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • American Goldfinch

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