Monthly Archives: May 2014

Green is the new blue

Skulking ever so slowly about the swampy pond one evening earlier this month, a little Green heron (Butorides virescens) was searching keenly for his supper. Rather squatty compared with its more elegant, long-necked cousin the great blue, this sturdy bird … Continue reading

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Pulpit theater

These young Jack-in-the-pulpit plants (Arisaema triphyllum) were growing like a double-decker dais for delivering wildflowery speeches.

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Hi-ho! Vireo

With amazingly clear peepers, this White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus) seemed ever attentive to the goings-on in the surrounding shrubs, trees, and vines.

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Violets are blue (except when they’re not)

Another springtime visitor with a yellow base and dark stripes is this wildflower found in Clayton Park earlier in the month — a Downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens), I think.

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Migrant wooer

With his black-and-yellow striped waistcoat and ebony ascot, this male Magnolia warbler (Setophaga magnolia) has to be one of the nattier outfitted of the spring migrators.

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My dogwood Tulip

In their opening stages, the cupped blooms on this Flowering dogwood stood out at the edge of the woods like cream-colored tulips. The curled lip of each off-white petal was kissed with a faint rosey smudge. (Pinker flowers from last … Continue reading

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Boyish flank

This Common whitetail is still in his darker teenage garb, as his tail-like abdomen has yet to reach its ashen adult potential. If the adult dragonfly from last June is any indication of typical development, this one should be lightening … Continue reading

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Palm off time

Some of the woods near the reservoir path in Thompson park were being used as a migratory wayside retreat for Palm warblers (Setophaga palmarum) earlier this month. They share the russet cap with some sparrow species, but paired with a … Continue reading

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The Seven (or more) Samaras

Less than two weeks ago, the seed pods of this Red maple tree (I think) were still hanging on and in the pink. By now, though, most have taken flight and dimmed to a dusky brown.

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The nest laid plans

With a beak full of nesting material, this Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) was busy building a spring home. Its rusty-feather topcoat, speckled underbelly, and piercing yellow eyes provided a striking image in an otherwise drizzy grey landscape.

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