Category Archives: Berries, Nuts, Seeds, Pods, & Other Fruits

Prick or treat

An invasive Asian import, Wine raspberry or Japanese wineberry plants (Rubus phoenicolasius) rim the path that loops by an old wooden tower. They offer abundant, if prickly, summer fruit.

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Waxwinging it

A small group of Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) were enjoying the berries on some Eastern redcedar trees (Juniperus virginiana). Such an eye-catching little bird, with its rascally bandit mask, sporty crest, red-daubed wings, and tail that looks as though it’s … Continue reading

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In a nutshell

This nut casing – perhaps walnut? – was lying in the middle of a wooded path, looking up with the face of a tiny Barred owl (Strix varia). Since it seemed to be the only one around, it may have … Continue reading

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Evaporated milkweed

I think this is the dried pod of some type of milkweed plant (genus Asclepias). On one hand, it resembles an innocent bit of paisley tear-drop design; on the other, it has the more menacing air of a raised curved … Continue reading

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Chicky wicket

A couple of Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) — or perhaps Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) — were in the branches of a sweetgum tree, pecking into the craggy fruits for food. Sometimes they stood at the end of a small branch, … Continue reading

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Forest brain trust

Along a newer path loop that sits off by itself on the outskirts of the library field, eerily brain-like Osage oranges (Maclura pomifera) were scattered about like a small party of alien invaders. Although they looked as though they might … Continue reading

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Stickball figure

Looking like a verdant medieval flail for squirrel-sized knights, this spiky seed pod from a Sweetgum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) was lying just down the path & across the creek from the persimmon.

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