These are a bit long in coming, but here are some photos taken while petsitting a few weeks ago and during the trip to the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap. Unfortunately I’m not too familiar with fungi so I can’t say I know what many of the species pictured are, but many of them were impressive all the same.
This spider was busy building a web outside the house I was staying at a few weeks ago. I’ve never seen an abdomen on a spider like this one has.
I usually only see Blue Jays during the winter (or at least only remember seeing them during winter), but this one stopped by the bird feeder.
A Cardinal pair also came by, although they were more skiddish and difficult to photograph.
Eastern Goldfinch and Cedar Waxwing were the most common visitors to the feeder, however.
A Turkey Vulture also circled overhead for a while, although it didn’t find anything interesting in the yard.
White-Tailed Deer also came by many times during the day, although the amount of brush and shrubs made them a little hard to photograph.
The second round of summer fawns also came by in the mornings and evenings, usually.
A very large Katydid with a color pattern I hadn’t seen before also paid us a visit, albeid inside the house.
Now on to the photos from the hike along the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond;
Early on we came across these two fighting harvestmen (“daddy long legs”).
Being that the ground was relatively damp, there was fascinating fungi everywhere. The last two shots are among my favorites, and could the “S” on that last one be intelligently designed? (If you are new here, sprinkle the last bit of that sentence liberally with sarcasm)
Once we got up to Sunfish Pond, we were greeted by scores of Bullfrog and Leopard Frog young, which hopped, almost in unison, back into the shallows.
Toads were also present over the entirety of the hike. We counted at least 20 over the 10 miles.
We also saw two Five-Lined Skink (thanks for the correction, Lars) on a log and tree near the pond, the one on the tree have a brilliant blue tail.
The area that we sat down to lunch at was absolutely full of life as well, from fish and frogs to a small snake that was getting ready to shed.
In all, I’ve been able to get more photographs of NJ wildlife this summer than I have in previous years, and I hope that next year I’ll be able to get some better pictures overall.