Mayslake November Highlights
November 13, 2014 at 6:44 am (birds, botany, dragonflies and damselflies)
Tags: American goldfinch, Amur honeysuckle, autumn meadowhawk, Lonicera maackii, mallard, Mayslake, Solidago rigida, stiff goldenrod, Sympetrum vicinum
by Carl Strang
The first half of November brought reminders that life continues through autumn at Mayslake Forest Preserve. The preserve’s prairies draw flocks of goldfinches.
This messy eater enjoys some stiff goldenrod seeds.
Though most plants were shutting down in keeping with the season, there were some anomalous exceptions.
This Amur honeysuckle opened a few flowers on November 4. May and June are the usual blooming months for that species.
Late-season insects were holding on.
The autumn meadowhawk is well named, but few are able to remain active into November.
At the same time, some species already are preparing for next year.
Mallard courtship is well under way, and tentative pair bonds already have formed.