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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Thorny ikebana

I think this is some kind of Greenbrier vine (Smilax genus), which is growing in extensive thickets throughout the wooded areas of Weltz Park. This piece was sort of off by itself near a path, though, and its prickly intersection … Continue reading

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Snowbirding at the Jersey Shore

These Snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) seemed to be quite content hanging out by the water’s edge in some of the wetlands of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (‘Brig’) near Atlantic City yesterday. The brisk wind & chilly temperatures must … Continue reading

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Chicky wicket

A couple of Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) — or perhaps Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) — were in the branches of a sweetgum tree, pecking into the craggy fruits for food. Sometimes they stood at the end of a small branch, … Continue reading

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