Monthly Archives: May 2015

Inching inflorescent caterpillar

Pointy clusters of tiny Chokecherry flowers (Prunus virginiana) crawled out along their stems to form wooly white caterpillars.

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Snake on a plain

Almost stepped on this Garter snake as it was making its way across a grassy park path to a meadow. It froze still for a bit, then took off at a surprisingly speedy sprint back to the woods.

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Featherweight fighters

A Red-tailed hawk hadn’t been perching for too long before it was attacked by various other birds, including Red-winged blackbirds and Baltimore orioles. During nesting season the smaller birds were taking no chances, and the hawk reluctantly left to go … Continue reading

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Day of a cone bent

On a breezy afternoon, this blossom of a Tuliptree or Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) was momentarily blown over to provide a better view of its bristly inner workings. The ring of matchstick filaments surrounds the central cone like so many … Continue reading

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Come Cape May

A couple of hours north of his namesake town, this Cape May warbler (Setophaga tigrina) nonetheless seemed to be right at home in a migratory stopover. He’s probably looking for nectar and/or insects in the new leaves of what may … Continue reading

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On a clearwing day

Buzzing along while filling up on nectar, this fuzzy fellow — a Snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) — looks and acts a lot like a bumblebee. Today’s menu may include Beach plum blossoms or some other shrubby flower in the … Continue reading

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Black-crowned jewel

Drowsing on and off atop a creek rock, this Black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was patiently awaiting his later dinner hour. Although a bit short by some heron standards, he rather resembled a long-legged penguin.

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