Monthly Archives: May 2014

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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Shell sprach

Isolated to a small subsection, the bright yellow shell pattern of this Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) suggests a primitive painting, dotted and dashed with characters of a forgotten language, or perhaps the handprints of the artist.

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Warbling a brown streak

For a while anyway, this Chestnut-sided warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) seemed to find better bug-hunting down closer to the ground vs. way up in the treetops. From this angle, his brown side stripe looks a bit like a wee sporty scarf.

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Riding a rocket to Nectarland

This American lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) was wetting her extended whistle with a group of Yellowrocket flowers (genus Barbarea).

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Sleepytime peewee

Cute as it could be, this tiny Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) flew up and down in little half loops as it explored a small thicket. His dark mask looked more like a black velvet slumber shade than a bandit aid.

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