Cochran Shoals 5/25/13

A couple of days ago, my father and I took our dog to Cochran Shoals in the afternoon to see what we could find. While we only saw 15 species of birds, I did get to see some other really cool plants and animals. It is nice to see the gymnastic flying of Northern Rough-winged Swallows and the zipping around of Blue Dashers once again. The highlight was definitely seeing a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron swoop across the trail at the start of the marsh path 10 feet in front of us, land on a log and swallow a helpless frog in  in one gulp. We also saw a Common Yellowthroat for a split second. Another interesting and surprising thing is that this was my first trip to the river on which I did not see a Canada Goose. Here is a list of the species I saw:
Birds (15 species, 0 lifers):
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Fish Crow 1
Blue Jay 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Common Grackle 1

Lepidoptera (3 species, 1 lifer):
Cabbage White
Red Admiral
*Baltimore Checkerspot

Odonata (2 species, 1 lifer):
Blue Dasher
*Common Whitetail

Reptiles and Amphibians (2 species, 2 lifers):
*Fowler’s Toad
*Black Rat Snake

Mammals (2 species, 0 lifers):
Eastern Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel

Trees (14 species, 0 lifers):
Eastern Sycamore
Water Oak
Tag Alder
American Holly
River Birch
American Hornbeam
Flowering Dogwood
Yellow Poplar
Red Mulberry
Green Ash
Black Willow

Wildflowers (7 species, 5 lifers):
Oxeye Daisy
White Clover
*Birdsfoot Trefoil
*Hop Clover
*Venus’ Looking Glass
*Daisy Fleabane

Vines (3 species, 0 lifers)
Poison Ivy
Virginia Creeper

Ferns (2 species, 1 lifer):
*Southern Lady Fern
Christmas Fern

Other Herbaceous Plants (1 species, 1 lifer):

Grasses (2 species, 1 lifer):
River Cane
*Japanese Stilt Grass

Other Insects (1 species, 1 lifer):
Whirligig Beetle

Male Blue Dasher
Black Rat Snake
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Female Blue Dasher
Whirligig Beetle
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Fowler’s Toad
Venus’ Looking Glass
Oxeye Daisy
Daisy Fleabane
Common Whitetail
Balitmore Checkerspot
Eastern Cottontail
Hop Clover