Monthly Archives: April 2014

Musk see

We’d seen a couple of pyramid push-up shelters in the swamp pond before, but just spotted their muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) architects. On toward dusk, this one was swimming short laps to various vegetation spots, grazing his way around his reedy … Continue reading

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A bird in the hand

The reaching red hands of the Katsura tree have since sprouted leafy wings. For some reason the combined shapes remind me of the head of a Great crested grebe.

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Fielder’s choice

True to its name, this tiny Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) was hopping about the greenery, leaves, and assorted brushy bits of an open field.

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Trolling for wildflowers

Quite unexpectedly came across a lovely patch of yellow wildflowers growing along a ridge trail that rises above Swimming River Reservoir. I believe these are Trout lilies (perhaps Erythronium americanum), apparently so named due to the mottled coloring of the … Continue reading

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Rust-colored recluse

Hopping around the dry brown leaves of the nature trail, this smallish bird looked something like a juvenile robin from a side glance. A better look shows that it’s probably a Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus), with lighter coloring and a … Continue reading

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I dream of slippers

These Rosy cloud cherry blooms bring to mind soft silky slippers, complete with zigzag-cut leggings — something that Jeannie may have worn while lounging inside her bottle. (Previous post about this cherry tree.)

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Afternoon with a mourning

I think this is a Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), and it’s the first kind of butterfly we saw this year. The bright lilac edge spots add a bit of cheer to its overall sombre brown coloring, although sadly this one’s … Continue reading

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Icy spring bling

An unusual sight for this area, a spring-green skunk cabbage was sprouting near a thin crust of sparkling snow. Sheltered within the shaded base of a tree, this may have been the only frosty patch remaining from last night’s dusting.

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Construction sight

With twig in mouth, this Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was on his (or her) way back to a hidden nest-in-progress somewhere within the Little Silver Nature Trail area.

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Clutching at stars

The thin, red tendril-like shoots of this Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica) are grouped along each branch like pairs of tiny hands reaching up to grasp every sun ray they can.

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