Category Archives: Thompson Park

Taking a powder

This delicate damselfly — perhaps a Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) — found a nice fern frond to rest on in Thompson Park. Its long, segmented abdomen looked like a decorative piece of dark bamboo.

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Belly up to the flower power bar

Near the northern edge of Thompson Park, Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) was bursting with a bright orange bang. Although mostly visited by bees, at least one cluster had a more conventional customer — maybe a Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) — … Continue reading

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Palm off time

Some of the woods near the reservoir path in Thompson park were being used as a migratory wayside retreat for Palm warblers (Setophaga palmarum) earlier this month. They share the russet cap with some sparrow species, but paired with a … Continue reading

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Blue in the place

A pleasing stretch of violets is blooming in one of the open lawns of Thompson Park. They may be Common blue violets (Viola sororia), appropriately the state flower of New Jersey.

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Fielder’s choice

True to its name, this tiny Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) was hopping about the greenery, leaves, and assorted brushy bits of an open field.

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Trolling for wildflowers

Quite unexpectedly came across a lovely patch of yellow wildflowers growing along a ridge trail that rises above Swimming River Reservoir. I believe these are Trout lilies (perhaps Erythronium americanum), apparently so named due to the mottled coloring of the … Continue reading

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Claret de bloom

Another fuzzy budder, this Leonard Messel magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’) had a few early openers that were far enough along to show some the pink-purple petals swaddled within.

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