Posted by: Patty | April 15, 2012

Trillium at Thompson Wildlife Management Area

Sunday, April 15th was our second visit to Thompson to see the trilliums. We saw very few birds and not one warbler. The towhees and robins were singing and a woodpecker was drumming. Thats it.

Yes, the the trilliums are blooming; I would estimate that 1/3 are in bloom.

This path looks very boring unless you are right there:

But there are great wildflowers on either side of the walk.

The Trillium:

The violets:

The rue anomene:

The may apples:

The may apples seem to be dominating the trillium; is that possible?

There were even a few yellow lady’s slippers in bloom. You needed to be a mountain goat to climb the steep ridge to see them; I just used the zoom on my camera. So, the photo is not very sharp but its nice to know these lovely flowers still exist in the wild:

And squawroot was emerging:

Enjoy visiting the Thompson Wildlife Area near Front Royal, VA. Please remember: hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday, depending upon the season. It is best to visit on Sunday: no hunting permitted.

By the way, today there were at least one million bugs flying into our eyes and ears during our hike, nasty!  Wear bug spray!

Cheers, Patty

Enjoy Spring!

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  1. Patty, do you know the status of the Trilliums in Thompson this year (2014). We will be in the area May 24, wondering if they will be gone by then. Saw them in 1999 and they were stunning.

  2. Patty, Do you know the status of the Trilliums at Thompson this year (2014). We will be in the area May 24, wondering if they will be gone by then. Saw them in 1999 and they were stunning.

  3. Thank you for posting information about the trillium blooms! It seems almost impossible to find information about when they are. Looming. You mention 1/3 were bloomIng. In your experience, when will peak occur? Love your blog and pics!

    • Mario, I think this weekend might be the peak. Usually it’s around the first and second weeks of May, but everything seems to be blooming early. Hope you visit them.

  4. My husband and I were there yesterday, too. I agree about the gnats – they were very annoying. In addition to your birds, I also saw a American Redstart and Brown-Headed Cowbirds.

  5. Nice pictures! The White Trillium is beautiful! West of the Mississippi we mainly have ones with purple flowers.

  6. Beautiful! I can’t wait for our trilliums and orchids to bloom here!


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