Category Archives: Fauna

A Pate of Blue

In a thick stand of trees, this Blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius) was probably searching for buggy treats among the branches. Advertisements

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Big Eyes

Perched between the water and the woods at Sandy Hook, this smallish falcon may be a Merlin (Falco columbarius).

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Gold Digger of 2017

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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Migrate expectations

Flitting around on a seaside cedar tree, this Cape May warbler (Setophaga tigrina) was more intent on finding insects than tempted by berries. While there, he raided a spider web for its ready-made prey (or perhaps the spider itself).

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Prickly royal intrigue

As a Monarch butterfly was sipping nectar from the thready head of a Field thistle (Cirsium discolor), some type of mantis lay in wait among the thorny leaves. Luckily for the Monarch, it decided to fly off before it became … Continue reading

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Brown out (and about)

Curled into something like an Om symbol turned on its side, this small snake had the opposite of a calming effect — but only because of its sudden & unexpected appearance practically underfoot. This little slitherer may be a Northern … Continue reading

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Circle line cruising

For a member of a typically more skittish clan, this young woodchuck was uncharacteristically at ease among people. Mostly, though, he seemed intent on exploring a small patch of grass — moving in large, clockwise circles as he went & … Continue reading

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