Tag Archives: woodlands

Creepy floor show

Apparently intent on inspecting the sandy woodland floor, this Yellowjacket crawled along slowly and didn’t seem interested in stinging passersby for the moment.

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Warblerhood

An unexpected treat popped into view back in the woods at Weltz Park — a male Hooded warbler (Setophaga citrina).

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Still waters

A bit of birch log submerged in one of the park creeks created a rather ghostly image — resting on the blackened leaves of previous winters, with the lacework of reflected bare branches covering it like a translucent shroud.

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Deer prudence

Well off the main path and back into the woods, a small herd of White-tailed does looked at us with caution but not too much alarm. Two larger bucks stood just off to the right.

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Wood churning oven

This little Ovenbird seemed rather social — or at least unconcerned with our presence. It sat still on a nearby branch for a while, then later flicked up the leaf-litter looking for bugs while we walked alongside.

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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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