Category Archives: Mammals

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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Deer creek meet

Walking one of the less traveled paths that runs along a creek, we spooked a deer who was either getting a drink or cooling its toes — or both. Its friend on the bank looked rather surprised to see us … Continue reading

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Breathe deep, the gathering groom

Last month & earlier, the resident muskrats of the small swamp pond were hard at work, keeping longer hours than their preferred dusk-dawn shift. At first only one seemed to be gathering the greens & bringing them back to the … Continue reading

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Hide & peek

Staying down and mostly out of sight, this new fawn was only 10 or 12 feet off one of the main park paths. Even so, it was well camouflaged and hard to spot unless you knew where to look.

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How much wood would a woodchuck climb?

While certainly adept little climbers, woodchucks are usually seen grazing on the ground rather than perching on a branch fairly high in a tree like this one. Frightened by something or looking for food? Maybe he just liked the view.

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Double your fun

The sycamore-lined entrance path to Weltz Park is booming with baby squirrels — at least three in one tree, and these two in another. Curious and cute, at least for now they’re sticking close to their tree-cavity homes.

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Seal level

Twenty-five or so Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) soaked up the sun on a sandbar in Sandy Hook Bay this morning. More heads bobbed up here and there in the surrounding water, while gulls, ducks, and Brant geese went about their … Continue reading

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