Category Archives: Fauna

Natural tree ornaments

A sizable group of buzzards festooned a few trees in the park, creating their own ‘Nightmare-Before-Christmas’-style decorations. I think these were all Black vultures (Coragyps atratus), but there may have been some Turkey vultures among them.

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Making a differential

A multi-use path was probably not the best place for this grasshopper to stop for a rest, but since it was gone a little later, it must’ve made it back to the relative safety of a nearby meadow. Might be … Continue reading

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A plot of gold

Yellow flecks of a different sort dotted a grassy area today, as tiny Golden-crowned kinglets dabbled among the fallen leaves. They seemed unconcerned with admirers and would approach the path at will.

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Magic creep show

Becoming practically invisible when seen from behind against dark bark, this little Brown creeper (Certhia americana) was hard to spot — a bit less cryptic if seeing its white underparts from the side or while in flight from tree to … Continue reading

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Golden Ploy

Enjoying the flowering goldenrod along with any number of other insects, this fly looked like a couple of other diners, including yellow jacket and locust borer beetle. Hover fly, Eastern hornet fly, wasp-mimic flower fly — whatever common name it … Continue reading

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Laying by ear

Lying down within a tall patch of weedy greens, this deer was mostly hidden from view — not far off the path, but virtually invisible if not for its aural appendages.

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How Green Was My Katydid

Master of disguise — or at least of leafy mimicry — this palish green Katydid (I think) was hard to spot in passing, even though it took up a good portion of the real estate offered by a large Japanese … Continue reading

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