Friday, June 3, 2011

early summer woodlands

The early summer woodlands at this latitude are a study in all of the greens - and leaf shapes are highly varied. The canopy has a particular group of avian species that we don't see easily unless we take time and watch very carefully: Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. If you're not far from an edge, you'll add Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, and sometimes a few others. And while you're counting, you can simply stand in awe of the colors and patterns overhead.

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