Monthly Archives: April 2015

Come fly with me

After being frightened off by a couple of barking dogs, this Great egret (Ardea alba) was a majestic sight to behold as it flew off. Not deterred for long, it circled back to the swamp pond and resumed its stalking … Continue reading

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A new leaf

Like the bony hand of a skeleton, the bare twigs of this maple tree cradle its newly emerging leaves and flowers with a gentle, if somewhat spooky, touch.

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The blue & the gray

Among the first arrivals of the summer renters, these Blue-gray gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea) were hopping around the willows and vinier material in search of small insects. Meanwhile, others in the group were kicking up quite a racket in a nearby … Continue reading

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Five-petaled, one-flower lying purple people greeter

Welcoming visitors near one of the entrances to the Little Silver Nature Trail, a lone Periwinkle flower was lolling about just above the forest floor. Probably a Common periwinkle (Vinca minor), it provided one of the few spots of color … Continue reading

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Upright behavior

Perpendicular from their more common crawling position, these Oil beetles were standing right in the middle of one of the small meadow paths in Weltz Park. The larger female seemed rather uninterested in what her consort was up to, preferring … Continue reading

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Sylvan spa treatment

Straddling a beam that lay across part of a tree-lined creek, this lounging frog seemed to be relaxing contentedly as the water washed around him. Despite the allover dye job provided by the orange mud, this may be a Northern … Continue reading

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Willow Maize

While most of the buds on this willow tree were still quite fluffily plush, a few on one branch were already beginning to pop into bright yellow, corn-shaped flowers.

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Mr. Teal

Although the swampy area of the park was dominated by American black ducks, one little Green-winged teal (Anas crecca) seemed to feel right at home among them.

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