Category Archives: Weltz Park

Lower the Brown Lantern

Caught upright on some dry briars, a large leaf formed a daytime beacon on the forest floor as the sun shone through its veined parchment. Might be from a Red oak tree (Quercus rubra).

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Natural tree ornaments

A sizable group of buzzards festooned a few trees in the park, creating their own ‘Nightmare-Before-Christmas’-style decorations. I think these were all Black vultures (Coragyps atratus), but there may have been some Turkey vultures among them.

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Brief Encounter of the Ocher Kind

Along one of the forest paths, clusters of yellow-capped mushrooms seemed to sprout up overnight. Within a few days, they were gone. Might be a type of Honey fungus (Armillariella mellea).

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Golden Ploy

Enjoying the flowering goldenrod along with any number of other insects, this fly looked like a couple of other diners, including yellow jacket and locust borer beetle. Hover fly, Eastern hornet fly, wasp-mimic flower fly — whatever common name it … Continue reading

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Northern flights

Searching the Spring tree tassles for tiny insects, in a bit of turnabout, this Northern Parula may have gotten its own taste of ‘warbler’s neck’ discomfort.

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Theloneliest Munk

This little Eastern chipmunk may not be lonely at all. He/she just happened to be sitting alone on the edge of one of the main paths at Weltz Park.

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The Red and the Black

A lone male Scarlet tanager poked about in the woods for a bit. When he moved from branch to branch, it took some looking to find him again despite his blazing red & black jacket.

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