DELMARVA ALMANAC

Seen In The Wild

by Dana Kester-McCabe



This is the time of year when all kids (big and little) should be exploring the great wide outside. This is a low tech activity - no batteries are required. All that you need are these things: shoes and clothes that you can get dirty, and a jar or tupper with holes in the lid. There are so many critters to catch.

Skinks can be found hiding behind flower pots. Fireflies and dragon flies are now out in abundance. And who can resist trying to catch one of these little green frogs I saw in a lily pond on Mount Herman Road west of Powellville recently?

And if simply enjoying the natural beauty is more your speed, there is lots to see right now. Those lilies are coming into full bloom. And now that we have had a little rain, deer have been much more active and can be seen in greater numbers. They are attracted to gardens and landscaping and don't have a lot of fear right now. So watch out for them darting onto town and country roads alike.

Birding is excellent right now. I can add two new birds to my list. I had to go to the bird guide to identify both of them. I spotted this yellow breasted chat recently south of Pocomoke City near Cypress Hall and this red headed wood pecker in woods along Turvillle Creek near Ocean Pines.

Also seen in that neighborhood, this pair disproves that old adage that only birds of a feather flock together. I have seen this glossy ibis and snowy egret palling around together several times now. Aren't they a beautiful pair?

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