Tag Archives: woodlands

Kings crimson

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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Sunspot

A few stems of Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) provided heady, bright highlights to a mostly shady wooded path.

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Cantaloupe eye land

Usually found foraging for insects higher up in the trees, a few Blackburnian warblers (Setophaga fusca) decided to try their luck picking through leaves on the woodland floor. With a bright fiestaware face, swarthy mask, and natty black-and-white togs, this … Continue reading

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A thornfree lunch

Gingerly contorting its head and tongue, this deer tried to get the berries of a Barberry bush (Berberis vulgaris) while avoiding its barbs. Only one or two feet from one of the main park paths, this diner was undaunted by … Continue reading

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Den bother

Just about a week ago, the Red fox (Vulpes fulva) who lives here had to dig out his entryway just like everyone else in the area. Maybe like most, too, he’s hoping that the snow is behind us at this … Continue reading

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Timberlandscape

A lovely winter prospect was growing along one side of a large fallen tree just off the path around Manasquan Reservoir. Colorful groupings of fungi and lichens, a bit of leftover snow, and a few wispy weeds in front provided … Continue reading

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In the cat-bird seat

Even from a distance and through a cloudy array of view-blurring branches and twigs, this Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) was an impressive sight. Its shadowy contour mimicked a large black cat sitting calmly in the treetops.

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