I have also seen several butterflies such as Spicebush Swallowtail (above), duskywing, and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
I believe this flower is a trillium that is sometimes referred to as a Stinking Benjamin. It has an unpleasant smell at close range that is supposed to attract flies. In the past when I heard people mention Trillium I would picture some sort of radioactive flowers growing next to a nuclear power plant.This water snake was firmly holding its ground as birders were passing by. I was impressed by the number of turtles, frogs and snakes that I came across this weekend. My wife called me over to the back door to ask me what was making all the noise in our yard Saturday evening. She was surprised to learn that it was frogs. I remember trying to track down noises in the past hoping to find an interesting bird only to learn from someone else that the sound I was hearing was coming from a frog.Tree Frogs and Wood Frogs were two species that had me fooled.
There is so much I want to see and do in the month of May that I find it a little bit frustrating to have to wait for the weekend. It's like having free tickets to an all -you -can -eat buffet but you have to use a plate the size of a bottle cap and be out of the restaurant within an hour. I guess you just have to enjoy it while you can!