Category Archives: Fauna

Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Kings crimson

A lucky day to be in the woods — seeing three male Scarlet tanagers (Piranga olivacea) was the prize. Siblings or just acquaintances, they roamed the trees of the North Trail together.

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Buckeye candy

Beautifully colored and patterned, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) brightened the brown-gray field floor nicely.

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Eyes white open

Always a pleasure to see, this White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus) has to be one of the cutest songbird tourists in town for the summer.

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Eastern freebie

Blending in with the smooth gray tree trunks & charcoal shadows, this little Eastern phoebe was still noticeable as it groomed, preened, and perch-posed — a nice complimentary performance.

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Gold standard of Spring

Bright as a marshmallow peep, this male goldfinch was like a shiny ornament tucked into the pine branches.

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Blue with cold

On a chilly but clear afternoon, a small flock of Eastern bluebirds was flitting around at the edge of the woods, looking for berries & whatever else they could find.

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