In April’s final days, a crowd of fish brushed clean some gravel.

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The most colorful, looking 4-7 inches long,

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dimpled shallow water 

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vying for spots to spawn.

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Recognize any of these fish?

I’d be happy for help identifying them!

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dripping creek

April 11, 2021

dries off.

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*ID sources note the challenge of differentiating an immature Cooper’s Hawk from an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk. I’m guessing this is a Cooper’s Hawk (distinct head crown, legs in profile thicker than I’d expect from a sharpie).  But I  could be wrong & welcome correction (that’s why I included multiple views)!

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reflects on little crum creek

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among the trees                         coming up and down                         a japanese maple

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hawthorn petals                    quicken                     maple shade

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a          robin           among           crabapple           buds

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Larger, more colorful, and stronger hoppers than earlier,
late-stage Spotted Lanternfly nymphs are nearing adult flight.

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Spotted Lanternfly nymphs, hatched from an overwintered egg mass,
gather upon a black walnut tree branch.

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Native to Asia and reported in growing numbers across southeastern Pennsylvania since 2014, these nymphs are the first I’ve seen on our small patch of Little Crum Creek — first individually in the milkweed garden and grass, and now most frequently together (in the absence of their preferred tree-of-heaven) in this black walnut.

Normally, I’d wait to collect and post images of each life-cycle stage.  But you might be seeing these early nymphs too. If so, posting sooner seems better than later.

The Penn State Extension provides all we might like to know about identification and management of these invasive newcomers.

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less familiar than enduring

the impression left by a Great Egret

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a fisher                                            fathoms                                       the creek’s promise

 

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