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This is Spiny Cap

A prickly plethora of large Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridium) lined some of the boardwalk paths over the marshy sections at Cape May Point State Park.

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Frosted phragmites — they’re Grrrreat!

Bowing a bit under their icy coverings, these marsh reeds (probably Phragmites australis) withstood their first real winter storm.

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Blue in the face

In a different area of Sandy Hook, a salt marsh was teeming with little Atlantic marsh fiddler crabs (Uca pugnax). During low tide, the crabs scrambled about the remaining pools of water and wedged themselves under layers of broken reeds … Continue reading

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A good little monkey

A couple of small patches of pale purple Square-stemmed (or Allegheny) monkeyflowers (Mimulus ringens) have popped up in the marshy section of the park. Hummingbirds were taking a taste test the other day.

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True baby blues

A lovely field of these incredibly petite flowers — perhaps True or Water forget-me-nots (Myosotis scorpioides) —¬†formed something of a low hedge between the marsh reeds and a paved park path.

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Sparrow song stylings, reedy and reflective

Several brown & white striped little birds — I think Song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) — were flitting about the reeds of a marshy area near dusk. This one was poking around in a scrubby island patch looking for its evening … Continue reading

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Insect intimacy

A bit of shameless bug voyeurism to see these tiger bee flies (Xenox tigrinus) sharing an intimate moment on the side of an electric pole in a marshy area of the park. Their prettily mottled black wing markings are worth … Continue reading

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