Category Archives: Mammals

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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A thornfree lunch

Gingerly contorting its head and tongue, this deer tried to get the berries of a Barberry bush (Berberis vulgaris) while avoiding its barbs. Only one or two feet from one of the main park paths, this diner was undaunted by … Continue reading

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Fawntastic Two

Lots of fawns in the park this year, with 13 being the highest number spotted during one walk. These two were probably siblings, or possibly cousins. Either way, they seemed to be fond of each other.

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Rabbit run

After a few minutes of sitting still, this young Eastern cottontail bunny decided picture time was over.

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