Buckeye candy

Orange plush

Beautifully colored and patterned, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) brightened the brown-gray field floor nicely.

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Huckleberry Found

Tubular bells

Ranging from red through pink to white, bell-shaped flowers hung in small clusters on shrubs along a woodland path. They may belong to a Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) or something similar.

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Eyes white open

Variation on a vireo

Always a pleasure to see, this White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus) has to be one of the cutest songbird tourists in town for the summer.

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Beginning to see the leaf

Pinking spears

Although they look more like pink flowers, I think these fleshy lobes along the stem may be the emerging leaves — perhaps those of a Black cherry tree (Prunus serotina).

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Eastern freebie

Grayscale

Blending in with the smooth gray tree trunks & charcoal shadows, this little Eastern phoebe was still noticeable as it groomed, preened, and perch-posed — a nice complimentary performance.

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Creature from the White Cocoon

Tiny & piney

Armored in green spikes, these catkins certainly look more menacing than the cottony centers from whence they came. Though pine-like in appearance, I think they’re on some type of willow tree.

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Gold standard of Spring

The Yellow Pose of New Jersey

Bright as a marshmallow peep, this male goldfinch was like a shiny ornament tucked into the pine branches.

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