The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Cabbage plant(hopper)

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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The Fanned Illusion

Cut from a moth cloth

At a passing glance, this formation looked like a rather large moth resting on the side of a tree. Not sure, but I think it’s some kind of shelf fungus.

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Fantail primp

Clean sweeper

Still damp from its bath, a Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched & preened on a stick.

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This is Spiny Cap


A prickly plethora of large Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridium) lined some of the boardwalk paths over the marshy sections at Cape May Point State Park.

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Little warbler is the Prairie

Small ol’ bird (with) eye liner …

… don’t want my bugs too far away

Prairie warblers (Setophaga discolor) were doing a fairly thorough job of scouring the trees for insect edibles, the leaves painting their yellow feathers with a touch of light green.

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Wichety lineman

So hello Yellowthroat Rogue

Where the birds of variety prowl

A cheerful sound of the summer to come, the ‘wichety-wichety-wichety’ song of the male Common yellowthroat could be heard along several of the paths in Weltz Park.

Most of the little bandit-masked fellows were heard but not seen, keeping hidden among the tall grasses and low bushes. Only one outgoing chap was cooperative enough to perch along an exposed branch for a while.

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Velvet blue

Black and blue . . .

. . . beauties

Tiny Eastern tailed-blue butterflies wafted around the meadow like pieces of cobalt confetti.

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