Sunday, May 08, 2011

Wildflowers at Bowman's Hill

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is a small tract managed for native plants near New Hope, Pennsylvania. The trails feature wildflowers and other native plants in the settings where they might naturally occur. Since the site is so well-maintained, it is pretty good for birding too. Yesterday I saw or heard about a dozen species of warblers there, including Worm-eating and Cerulean. A lot of other woodland migrants were around as well, such as Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. As one might expect in spring at a wildflower preserve, the trails were lined with flowers. The most numerous that I encountered were spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) like the one above, and bluets (Houstonia caerulea) like the one below.

Below are a few other wildflowers from around Bowman's Hill.

Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

Pinxterbloom Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides)

Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens)