Monthly Archives: December 2013

Evaporated milkweed

I think this is the dried pod of some type of milkweed plant (genus Asclepias). On one hand, it resembles an innocent bit of paisley tear-drop design; on the other, it has the more menacing air of a raised curved … Continue reading

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Sparrow song stylings, reedy and reflective

Several brown & white striped little birds — I think Song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) — were flitting about the reeds of a marshy area near dusk. This one was poking around in a scrubby island patch looking for its evening … Continue reading

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Mossy microcosm

A small patch of Conifer or Haircap moss (genus Polytrichum) looks like a pine tree forest shrunk down to terrarium size. This group shared its space with some kind of pale Cup lichen (genus Cladonia) — perhaps Reindeer lichen (Cladina … Continue reading

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“I never thought it was such a bad little tree.”

This petite tree — about a two-foot tall pine (genus Pinus) — was along the outer edge of the meadow area of Weltz Park. Even without the tree lot search lights, it suggested a Charlie Brown finding.

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Wild-goose place

The wildlife refuge played host to a large number of Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) last week. Some members of this flock were flying around, while others were content to meander about on land with a few of their gull friends.

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Alien egg cartons

Several of these resin-like globules are scattered about the meadow area of Weltz Park. All are positioned about 3 or 4 feet up from the ground on various small plants. Didn’t know what they were at first — insect home, … Continue reading

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Red-tail in the morning …

… rodents take warning — because this Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is looking for you. The juvenile bird tried his hunting luck from various trees along a marshy area in the Forsythe NWR.

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