The leaves were out on the trees by the second week in May. In the shade garden at the Arboretum, Rue-anemone flowers peered up at me from the ground next to the walkway. Virginia Waterleaf, Rough Buttonwood, Buttercup, Jack-in-the-pulpit, May-apple, Wild Columbine, Violet and White Baneberry flowers joined the Phlox flowers in the woods. Patches of Wild Mustard flowers brightened the grasses on the edge of the path. I heard many birds, but only saw a few. A Common Yellowthroat sang in a Hawthorn tree. An Eastern Phoebe rested for a moment on a dried stalk. A Chipping Sparrow observed the meadow from the branch of a Hawthorn tree.
I saw White-tailed Deer in the woods on all three of the days I visited that week. On the first two days, they saw me before I saw them and quickly disappeared into the trees. On the last day, I noticed a flash of white as a doe flicked her tail. She was partly hidden behind the leaves of the trees between us. A fawn was next to her. They waited for a couple of minutes before turning and running down the hill.
May 9, 2015
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Take care and thanks for reading.