At first sight, this tiny turtle (3 inches long at most) looked like a dry leaf moving slowly across a road by the park.
As it was in an unsuitable situation (cars, cement curbs, storm drains), we moved it to a more favorable spot by a creek well within the park limits. Might be a young snapping turtle.
The Velveteen Rabbitfoot
A mass of feathery feelers, the soft head of this Rabbitfoot clover (Trifolium arvense
) looks like a wispy world unto itself.
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At beak flavor
Hard at work gathering insects last month, this little songbird — a Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus), I think — had tiny mouths to feed.
Open & shut place
A bit off the path and with some pods yet to open, this Turk’s-cap lily (Lilium superbum
) wasn’t quite at peak dazzle. Still, the open flowers in flaming free fall demanded attention.
After a few minutes of sitting still, this young Eastern cottontail bunny decided picture time was over.
Alyssum summer sampler
A tiny bee fly decorated with racing stripes (perhaps Poecilognathus unimaculatus
) checked out some Hoary alyssum flowers (Berteroa incana
) and decided they’d do for a quick pit-stop snack.
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Catcher of the day
A fair number of American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates
) were nesting, resting, feeding, and frolicking at different points out on Sandy Hook last month.
Looking almost unreal with carrot-like bills and tangerine eyes, they stood out in the crowd of less adorned shorebirds.
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