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Old 07-05-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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A few pics from yesterday's trip to Buckhorn Island State Park, a natural area on Grand Island, which is a large island entirely surrounded by the Niagara River. It's a mix of forest and marsh that's been reasonably well preserved for its proximity to urban areas and heavy recreational use. The creek- and river-adjacent areas are being invaded by European black alder, which I had never even seen before. This species is probably one to watch; I've read it could be about to explode across the Northeast.

An unidentified plant & spiderweb:
Buckhorn Island State Park-webby.jpg
This plant is also in this photo with some still-blooming Canada anemones:
Buckhorn Island State Park-anemonesonlastlegs.jpg
I'd never seen Canada anemone so abundant in the wild before.
Here's a Rudbeckia:
Buckhorn Island State Park-wild-rudbeckia.jpg
Agastache scrophulariaefolia (purple giant hyssop), if I'm not mistaken:
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Damselfly (I think):
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Swamp rose, Rosa palustris, was abundant, blooming, and fragrant! In the last photo here you can also see a flower of Calystegia sepium, false hedge bindweed:
Buckhorn Island State Park-swamp-rose.jpgBuckhorn Island State Park-rose-zoom.jpgBuckhorn Island State Park-false-hedge-bindweed.jpg
Swamp milkweed:
Buckhorn Island State Park-wild-milkweed.jpg
And I believe this is Epilobium angustifolium, fireweed, which I've read is very abundant elsewhere but I'd never seen before:
Buckhorn Island State Park-fireweed.jpg
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Here's a bullfrog who posed nicely while all his buddies hid from me:
Buckhorn Island State Park-bullfrog.jpgBuckhorn Island State Park-sidefrog.jpg
Swamp sparrow:
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Thanks for sharing with us amelanchier....
I always enjoy your travels...
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amelanchier, did you just go in this heat? Yikes! Long pants, sox and boots needed there as Grand Island is covered in dog ticks! Really! Our DEC person told me! Otherwise it's a great place! Did you find the Poppy-patch?
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Went on the 4th. It was hot, but not oppressive. I wore long pants but got ticks anyway. Found 'em pretty quickly, so I don't think I'm in any danger. Didn't see the poppy patch - I only went from the southeast end up to the marsh, then turned back.
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Oh, then you have reason to go back! If you're lucky, you may see eagles who nest on Navy Island.

A juvie eagle tried to visit the Peregrines at Central Terminal today! Now where did he come from? Stash and Stella attacked him! Details on blog (below)
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