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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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Firelit alighter

Brushed with flame orange highlights and burnt brown wing markings, this Painted skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) held tight to the top of a swamp stick for a while before continuing on its way.

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Green is the new blue

Skulking ever so slowly about the swampy pond one evening earlier this month, a little Green heron (Butorides virescens) was searching keenly for his supper. Rather squatty compared with its more elegant, long-necked cousin the great blue, this sturdy bird … Continue reading

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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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