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Kelleys Island 
Butterfly and
Dragonfly Census
August 24 - 26, 2001

It was a beautiful sunny Kelleys Island weekend - just perfect for searching out butterflies and dragonflies.  Late Friday afternoon I came over on the Kelley Islander with Ted Gilliland. This was his last weekend before the beginning of another school year, and he was glad to be along.


On Saturday Claire Johnson and Lou Gardella were on the 8:30 AM Neuman ferry coming over to join us for a full day in the field. Paula Lozano, who took this picture, and Virginia Walsh were on the same ferry.

Larry Rosche, Ted, and myself were already on the island. While waiting for the rest of the group to join us, we did a little shore-birding in the early morning. This location on the east side of the island at the end of Lincoln Road proved to be a great spot. Here we tallied nine species of shorebirds, including Ruddy Turnstones and Baird's Sandpipers.

The second annual KIAC Butterfly and Dragonfly Census started at the Old Stone Church, 224 Division Street, which the Kelleys Island Historical Association's museum.  It has several wonderful butterfly bushes along the south side of the building and a Butterfly Trail recently developed by KIHA members that meanders behind and throughout the property.  Along the trail many flowering shrubs and bushes have been planted and are being cared for lovingly.  Until these plantings take hold, the members are hauling water to keep them alive!

At 9:00 AM Barb Coleman joined us,  and the search began! The butterfly bushes were dripping with Painted Ladies, Cabbage Whites, Least and Fiery Skippers, and a new butterfly species for the Kelleys Island list, a Dun Skipper. 

This year we were fortunate to have Larry  from Kent, Ohio and Lou from Garfield Heights, Ohio join us for the weekend to assist in identifying all the butterflies, dragonflies and birds we could find. Here on the Butterfly Trail with Larry are Paula , Barb, and Virginia.

Monarchs were all around us, as their migration route brought them to Kelleys Island. Larry showed us this White-faced Meadowhawk he'd caught so that we could get a close up view of its head. Meanwhile, Lou was off on the prowl, scanning every blade of grass for dragonflies and butterflies to capture. Here he successfully snagged a Familiar Bluet to share with us before releasing it.

This map indicates all the locations we visited to search for our target species.  On Kelleys Island we are very lucky to have butterfly bushes at The Old Stone Church, The Kelley's Island Wine Co., Sweet Valley Trading Post and Butterfly Kingdom, along the Water Department Building behind Town Hall, and at a various private residences.


Sweet Valley is a private residence on beautiful grounds north of The Old Stone Church on Division Street.  We did not butterfly here but will have to be sure to ask Carol and Ed Nofziger for permission next year.

Gray Hairstreak m

Painted Lady

Referencing "Dragonflies Through Binoculars", Lou identified a Widow Skimmer found in a vacant lot at the Sweet Valley development.  We saw a few Viceroys and Pearly Crescents among the wild flowers as well as many American Goldfinches.  A Great Blue Heron caused quite a raucous, and we were treated with the call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Here is one of the Viceroys some of us saw, and I almost forgot to mention that we had great looks at an Osprey soaring overhead with an unidentified fish in its talons.  It was probably heading to its favorite spot on Lincoln Road along the northwest side of the airport runway, a perch he has frequented over the last few years.

A somewhat ragged though beautiful Great Spangled Fritillary on some Orange Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa.

A perching Zabulon Skipper where it is seen most often in sunlit forest openings.

At the foot of Lincoln Road, Ted, Paula, and Larry are distracted by the bird sounds they hear emanating from the bushes, most likely those confusing fall warblers. We stopped at Himmelblau House where there are apple trees that attract Black Swallowtails but, unfortunately, the grounds had been tidied up for a wedding that afternoon.

East Quarry, a part of the Kelleys Island State Park, was a good location for dragonflies.  Species seen included Wandering Glider, Widow Skimmer, and Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Two dragonflies flying together pond dipping was fun to watch!

 

And, yes, you will just have to believe me when I say that a Wandering Glider is in the picture to the right!  Below is one I think you can find. 

Butterflies just came to us...

 

  ...a Dun Skipper sitting on my
t-shirt...

...a Tawny Emperor landing in Larry's net...


..and a Hackberry Emperor landing on Virginia's arm.

We spent some time at Long Point Preserve, which is only accessible by permit from The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  I found it amazing that this stone wall along Monagan Road built almost a century ago by the original island farmers was still standing.

We found many warblers on the preserve property including Wilson's, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-white, and Chestnut-sided. On the eastern shore Ted and Larry scanned the area in hope of finding a rarity.

Common Buckeye Female Zabulon Skipper

Everyone who participated in the 2001 KIAC Butterfly and Dragonfly Census had a great time. Special thanks go to Larry and Lou for both their time and expertise to make this event a success.  This weekend we tallied 28 butterfly species, 11 dragonfly species and 83 bird species. 
Thanks to all!

Photo credits: 
Ted Gilliland, Paula Lozano and Delores Cole

Kelleys Island 
Butterfly and Dragonfly Census  

August 24 26, 2001

 BUTTERFLIES

SWALLOWTAILS

Black Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

WHITES

Cabbage White

SULPHURS
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur

COPPERS

Bronze Copper

HAIRSTREAKS

Gray Hairstreak

BLUES

Eastern Tailed-Blue
'Summer' Spring Azure

TRUE BRUSH-FOOTS

Pearl Crescent
Question Mark
American Lady
Painted Lady
Red Admiral
Common Buckeye

ADMIRALS AND RELATIVES

Red-spotted Purple
Viceroy

EMPERORS

Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor

SATYRS

Common Wood-Nymph

SPREAD-WING SKIPPERS

Common Sootywing
Silver-spotted Skipper


GRASS SKIPPERS

Least Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Peck's Skipper
Zabulon Skipper
Dun Skipper

Species seen - 28

 

DRAGONFLIES

POND DAMSELS 

Familiar Bluet
Eastern Forktail


DARNERS 

Common Green Darner


SKIMMERS 

Widow Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Wandering Glider
Spot-winged Glider
White-faced Meadowhawk
Ruby Meadowhawk
Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags


Species seen - 11  


Kelleys Island Bird Census

CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorant

DUCKS, SWANS, GEESE
Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-breasted Merganser

HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron

NEW WORLD VULTURES
Turkey Vulture

OSPREY
Osprey

HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk


FALCONS AND CARACARAS
Merlin

SANDPIPERS
American Woodcock
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper

PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer

GULLS AND TERNS
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern

PIGEONS AND DOVES
Mourning Dove

NEW WORLD CUCKOOS
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

NIGHTJARS
Common Nighthawk

SWIFTS
Chimney Swift

HUMMINGBIRDS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

KINGFISHERS
Belted Kingfisher

WOODPECKERS
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird

CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
American Crow

VIREOS AND ALLIES
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo

WAXWINGS AND SILKY-FLYCATCHERS
Cedar Waxwing

THRUSHES
American Robin

MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Gray Catbird

STARLINGS
European Starling

NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch

WRENS
Carolina Wren
House Wren

SWALLOWS
Tree Swallow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow

CHICKADEES, TITS
Black-capped Chickadee

OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow

SISKINS, CROSSBILLS AND ALLIES
American Goldfinch
House Finch

NEW WORLD WARBLERS
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler

BUNTINGS, SPARROWS, TANAGERS, ALLIES
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

BLACKBIRDS, GRACKLES, ORIOLES
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Bobolink

 Species seen - 83

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