Monthly Archives: March 2014

Beech blonde

I think these crisp, paper-white leaves may be of an American beech tree (Fagus grandifolia). Leftover from last year, they’ll probably hang on until overtaken by new growth.

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The starling duds of Ma(rch)

A few pale dots still decorate the colorful transitional — non-breeding to breeding — outfit of this European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). (Sonnet referenced by title.)

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Funky fungus farm

A fallen tree played host to a plot of green and white fungus laid out in neat rows as if by a tiny plow. They seemed to have formed over the natural hash marks of the bark and culminated in … Continue reading

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Osprey de-cor

An Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was hard at work on this spring-breezy day rebuilding or repairing a large nest on top of one of the old signal towers.

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The Bird in the Gray Flannel Suit

Another small woodland bird, this Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) seemed to be well fed — or at least well insulated with fluffed out feathers. At a bit of an angle here, but from the front it looked like a furry … Continue reading

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The buggy eats must’ve been pretty good in this section of woods, as this small White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) was pecking around the same group of trees as a pair of Downy woodpeckers.

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Spicy spin cycle

This neatly wrapped tissue paper parcel was hanging out near a woodland lake. It may be the cocoon of a Promethea moth (Callosamia promethea), not sure. If the moth type is correct, its alternate name — Spicebush silkmoth — may … Continue reading

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Groundhog ToDay

Another sign of spring was sitting at the edge of a field in Thompson Park today. He didn’t move much as we walked by, probably still lethargic from his long winter’s snooze. (Earlier post about woodchucks.)

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