Seeing stars

Pale hailers

Pale hailers

Just at the very entrance to Weltz Park, a white sprinkling of Star-of-Bethlehem(Ornithogalum umbellatum) formed a floral welcoming committee.

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Land snail ho!

Shellbound

Shellbound

This terrestrial, shell-backed crawler was making its way down one of the unpaved paths of the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park.

Like a sleek, gray muscle, it pulled itself through the grass & weeds with apparent aplomb.

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How much wood would a woodchuck climb?

Climb-it change

Climb-it change

While certainly adept little climbers, woodchucks are usually seen grazing on the ground rather than perching on a branch fairly high in a tree like this one.

Frightened by something or looking for food? Maybe he just liked the view.

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Cantaloupe eye land

Blackburnian Dynamite

Blackburnian Dynamite

Sideblackburnian

Sideblackburnian

Usually found foraging for insects higher up in the trees, a few Blackburnian warblers (Setophaga fusca) decided to try their luck picking through leaves on the woodland floor.

With a bright fiestaware face, swarthy mask, and natty black-and-white togs, this little bird cuts quite the dandy spring figure.

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Double your fun

Twin peeks

Twin peeks

The sycamore-lined entrance path to Weltz Park is booming with baby squirrels — at least three in one tree, and these two in another.

Curious and cute, at least for now they’re sticking close to their tree-cavity homes.

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The urge to merge with the spurge of the spring

Euphorbia euphoria

Euphorbia euphoria

Small batches of Cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias) lined one of the sand dune paths near the North Pond on Sandy Hook. With an underpinning of straight, narrow leaves suggesting stubby pine needles, its outer reaches exploded into bright yellow cloud clusters.

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Long tail sally

'It Came from Beneath the Log'

‘It Came from Beneath the Log’

Adorned with small clumps of dirt from its under-log habitat, this little Salamander looked like a wriggly bit of earthworm at first.

With a total body length of no more than two inches, its tiny legs were the size of thick eyelashes.

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