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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