Circle line cruising

Outside Dizzy Clover

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 & gobbling up clover tops along the way.

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Wood churning oven

Lovin’ the oven(bird)

This little Ovenbird seemed rather social — or at least unconcerned with our presence. It sat still on a nearby branch for a while, then later flicked up the leaf-litter looking for bugs while we walked alongside.

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Deer creek meet

Runnel run-in

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 as well. A second later, another deer in the creek appeared and both bounded up the embankment.

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Sing Out Mister

Open mouth treble

Along a narrow section of land separating the reservoir from a nearby protected wetland, this little Warbling vireo was singing for all it was worth.

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Insects and Peppermints

Polka-dotted puff piece

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, in this case).

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Kings crimson

Captain Scarlet

Red gape

A lucky day to be in the woods — seeing three male Scarlet tanagers (Piranga olivacea) was the prize.

Siblings or just acquaintances, they roamed the trees of the North Trail together.

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Buckeye candy

Orange plush

Beautifully colored and patterned, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) brightened the brown-gray field floor nicely.

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