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Feathery flag semaphore flourishes

As part of the preening ritual, one of this Canada goose pair spread & rotated its wings in a fringe-filled flaunt. The fluid wing movements suggested any number of analogous activities, including symphony conducting, football refereeing, and naval flag signaling.

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Bewitching powder

With temperatures above 80 today, the four-ish inches of snow that fell only last week seem a distant memory. While it lasted, though, the crystal covering turned both woods & bog into a magical snow globe and made an ordinary … Continue reading

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Chlorophyll to the brim

Almost up to his oversized eyeballs in a soupy mix of Common duckweed (Lemna minor) and algae, this frog looked quite comfortable and right at home. (Earlier post about a similar frog.)

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Musk see

We’d seen a couple of pyramid push-up shelters in the swamp pond before, but just spotted their muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) architects. On toward dusk, this one was swimming short laps to various vegetation spots, grazing his way around his reedy … Continue reading

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Shelling out

After a few days of cold rain, the park came alive with green shoots of grass, a boisterous chorus of frogs, and the first turtles we’ve seen this year. This one was trying to catch what was left of the … Continue reading

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Monochrome marauder

Clad in black and white like the backyard bandits from ‘A Christmas Story’, this mason wasp is either Euodynerus bidens or Monobia quadridens. Here it’s caught in the act, pilfering the morning nectar from a sprig of Arrow-leaved tearthumb (Polygonum … Continue reading

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Leaning tower of turtle

Not sure how this turtle managed to get its backside perched up on a stumpy branch this way, but he seems comfortable enough — although perhaps a bit stealthy, trying to hide behind those few blades of swampy grass.

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Bright-eyed and bluesy-tailed

Incredible shiny sky eyes on this blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) at rest on a branch at the edge of the little swampy patch.

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Waterlogged frog

This rain-drenched day in Jersey seems like a good time to take a look at someone who enjoys being soaked to the skin. May be an American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), sitting contentedly among the swampy reeds.

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Home of (Gamera) the Brave

The swampy pond patch of the park is home to more turtles than we’ve seen previously. These sunbathers seem to be equally divided between Eastern painted (Chrysemys picta picta) and common snapping (Chelydra serpentina) turtles, with three each. That prodigious … Continue reading

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