Mayslake Animals and Plants
June 25, 2015 at 5:53 am (birds, botany, mammals, plant-eating insects)
Tags: fawn, house wren, least flycatcher, Mayslake, patience dock, Rumex patientia, six-spotted gray, Spargaloma sexpunctata, whitetail deer
by Carl Strang
Time for an update on Mayslake Forest Preserve’s wildlife, both animal and vegetable.
A house wren has been active in the south part of the preserve.
Incidentally, the least flycatcher continues to hang around and sing. Might it have found a mate?
Tracks last week revealed that in addition to the buck featured in earlier posts, there is a doe with her fawn in residence on the preserve this summer.
The most recent addition to Mayslake’s insect list is this moth, the six-spotted gray. Though it superficially appeared to be a member of the inchworm family, it proved to be one of the noctuids.
The former friary site gradually will recover from its year as a temporary off-leash dog area. In the meantime, a number of weedy plants have invaded.
One of these is the patience dock.
It looks like an overlarge curly dock, with a strong red stem and a heavy array of flowers.