Monthly Archives: October 2014

Flit for a kinglet

Even though his red headdress wasn’t visible at the time, I think this little guy is a Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula). He was busy darting in and out of the bushes along the edge of Franklin Lake looking for small … Continue reading

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Olive branch beholder

This sunlit Red-spotted purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) seemed to be checking out the soft ruby fruit of an Autumn olive tree (Elaeagnus umbellate). From this vantage point, the underside of the wings look light brown, while on the flip side … Continue reading

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Leaning power of risa

This gull — perhaps a non-breeding Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) — was in the process of abandoning its post on the Manasquan Reservoir. The tip of its dark beak was daubed with a dull hint of red.

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Pink pumpkin panoply

Growing at various spots along the way, rose-colored Spindletree berries (genus Euonymus) brightened the bike path on Sandy Hook. Oddly shaped, they looked a bit like little pumpkins.

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Coarse & buggy

Huddled closely together on a bumpy seed pod, these Large milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) in various stages of development — from young nymphs & teenagers to adults — didn’t seem to need much personal space. (Earlier post about a different … Continue reading

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