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Breathe deep, the gathering groom

Last month & earlier, the resident muskrats of the small swamp pond were hard at work, keeping longer hours than their preferred dusk-dawn shift. At first only one seemed to be gathering the greens & bringing them back to the … Continue reading

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Do the funky heron

Like a colorful yet majestic rubber chicken, this Green heron strikes quite the figure with the crest feathers raised. Soon after this one flew into the marsh, another one emerged from nearby reedy grasses.

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Mr. Teal

Although the swampy area of the park was dominated by American black ducks, one little Green-winged teal (Anas crecca) seemed to feel right at home among them.

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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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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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Breathe right tip

Looking like not much more than another stick in the swamp, the tip of this turtle’s head was well camouflaged when he popped up for air.

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Barbed mire

Growing like spiky caterpillars along a marshy section, these bristly seed heads may belong to Bottlebrush or porcupine sedge (Carex hystericina).

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