Category Archives: Invertebrates

A post for Libby — A long-tailed duck up close and personal

A male long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) surfaces with food — a zebra mussel, perhaps? — after a deep dive in the inner bay Saturday at Ashbridge’s. © BCP 2011. There are still huge numbers of long-tailed ducks in the inner bay at Ashbridge’s Park, enjoying their winter vacation down south. South for them, at least. […]

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Après le déluge

After the flood waters receded yesterday, I took this photo of the web in my front yard. © BCP 2010 I’m never sorry when it rains. In fact, I almost always love it. Yesterday, we had what the weatherfolk call a “rain event” that was more like the draining of some celestial bathtub than it […]

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Pond damselfly at the Quarry lands

A pond damselfly rests on a leaf in the Quarry over the weekend. © BCP 2010 Over the weekend, I was parked in the little parking lot that surrounds the shops of the Quarry, at the intersection of Clonmore and Gerrard St. East in the Upper Beach. While there, I happened to notice that the […]

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Hot, hazy, heavy, humid — perfect weather to see snails

A banded wood snail (Cepaea nemorialis) finds a comfy home on the flat flower head of Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) in Tommy Thompson Park on Monday.  © BCP 2010 I recently discovered a charming website called that asks the simple yet profound question “What is nature writing?” Then the site’s author, a gentleman […]

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