… and a park ridge with a pear-shaped tree-like thing

Forest floor fruit

Growing along one of the hillier trails in the park, one clump of bright green moss suggested both a plump pear and a rather squatty evergreen.

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Northeast Passage

U are there

Perpendicular to one of the straight paved paths of the park, a natural dirt trail traces a horseshoe-shaped meander through the Fall woods. This leg of the shoe follows a narrow creek.

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The Short Blond Caterpillar with One Black Stripe

Furry Finger of Fall

Perhaps looking for a suitable spot to transform, this heavily filamented Fall webworm caterpillar (Hyphantria cunea) was making its way across what must’ve seemed a vast expanse of paved pathway.

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A Pate of Blue

With an eye to the sky

In a thick stand of trees, this Blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius) was probably searching for buggy treats among the branches.

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Crunchy crew-cut clusters

Pink bellies

The Softness Unto Death

Where the boardwalk returns to grassy path at one end of Little Silver Nature Trail, Sweetscent flowers (Pluchea odorata) in various stages of decline still managed to add small splotches of color next to the beige-gray walls of phragmites that otherwise dominate that area of the park.

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Big Eyes

Magic Man

Falcon Rest

Perched between the water and the woods at Sandy Hook, this smallish falcon may be a Merlin (Falco columbarius).

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Gold Digger of 2017

Bor-ing!

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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