Category Archives: Fauna

Dressed to thrill

Sporting some of the finest finery around, this male wood duck couldn’t have been more dapper as he paddled around Lake Takanassee.

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It’s the Great Orb Weaver, Charlie Brown

Just in time for Halloween, a bright orange, pumpkin-like spider was forthrightly making its way across a paved path. I think it’s a female Marbled orb weaver (Araneus marmoreus).

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The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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Fantail primp

Still damp from its bath, a Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched & preened on a stick.

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Little warbler is the Prairie

Prairie warblers (Setophaga discolor) were doing a fairly thorough job of scouring the trees for insect edibles, the leaves painting their yellow feathers with a touch of light green.

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Wichety lineman

A cheerful sound of the summer to come, the ‘wichety-wichety-wichety’ song of the male Common yellowthroat could be heard along several of the paths in Weltz Park. Most of the little bandit-masked fellows were heard but not seen, keeping hidden … Continue reading

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Velvet blue

Tiny Eastern tailed-blue butterflies wafted around the meadow like pieces of cobalt confetti.

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