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Plants

Flowers & Other Small Plants 

blackberry
garlic mustard
ground ivy  (hedgemaids, creeping charlie)
horse nettle
hairy bittercress
indian strawberry
jewelweed, pale (yellow j.)
jewelweed, spotted (orange j.)
knotweed, Japanese
lesser celandine
mayapple
milkweed, common
multiflora rose
pokeweed
poison ivy
purple deadnettle
snowdrops
speedwell, Persian
speedwell, thyme-leaved
spring beauty
trout lily
violet
white avens
white snakeroot
wineberry

Trees

ash
black cherry
boxelder
catalpa
crabapple
mulberry
Norway maple
red maple
sycamore

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Animals

Birds

American crow
American goldfinch
American robin
belted kingfisher
blue jay
brown-headed cowbird
chickadee
common grackle
dark-eyed junco
double-crested cormorant
European starling
gray catbird
great blue heron
green heron
hawk,  Cooper’s
hawk, red-tailed
hawk, sharp-shinned
house finch
house sparrow
mallard
mourning dove
northern cardinal
nuthatch, white-breasted
osprey
owl, eastern screech
Pekin duck
pied-billed grebe
ruby-throated hummingbird
towhee, eastern
turkey vulture
warbler, black and white
warbler, black-throated blue
warbler, yellow-rumped
white-throated sparrow
woodpecker, downy
woodpecker, hairy
woodpecker, northern flicker
woodpecker, pileated
woodpecker, red-bellied
woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker
wood thrush

Mammals

eastern gray squirrel
raccoon
red fox
white-tailed deer
woodchuck  (groundhog)

Reptiles

snake, eastern garter
snake, northern water
turtle, common snapping

Amphibians

redback salamander

Fish

blacknose dace
creek chub

Centipedes & Millipedes

house centipede

Arachnids

Spiders
Araneus niveus
 (an orbweaver)
basilica orbweaver
eastern parson spider
grass spider
Hentz’s orbweaver
marbled orbweaver
Paraphidippus aurantius (a jumping spider)
spined micrathena
venusta orchard spider

Daddy-long-legs
eastern harvestman

Ticks
American dog tick

Insects

Bees, Wasps, Ants
ants [need ID]
bald-faced hornet
katydid wasp
bees [need ID]
sweat bee, (Agapostemon virescens)

Beetles
Analeptura lineola (a flower longhorn beetle)
banded net-winged beetle
firefly / lightning bug
horned passalus
multi-colored Asian lady beetle
reddish-brown stag beetle
red milkweed beetle

True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids
aphid, Myzocallis asclepiadis 
assassin bug, orange
cicada, swamp (morning)
leafhopper, broad-headed sharpshooter
leafhopper, red-banded (candy-striped, scarlet and green)
plant bug, clouded
plant bug, four-lined
planthopper, Acanalonia conica
planthopper, northern flatid

Dragonflies & Damselflies
shadow darner dragonfly

Earwigs
European (common) earwig

Flies
bee-like robber fly
black soldier fly
crane fly
gnat ogre
greater bee fly
mosquito, eastern treehole
mosquito, elephant
syrphid [needs ID]

Grasshoppers & Crickets 
camel cricket
field cricket
katydid [needs ID]
katydid, fork-tailed bush

Butterflies
cabbage white
eastern tailed-blue
monarch
mourning cloak
painted lady
question mark
red admiral
red-banded hairstreak
red-spotted purple
skipper, peck’s
skipper, sachem
skipper, silver-spotted
skipper, zabulon
summer azure
swallowtail, eastern tiger
swallowtail, spicebush

Moths
Ailanthus webworm moth
banded tiger moth
carrot seed moth (sulphur pearl, greenish-yellow Sitochroa)
garden tortrix
isabella tiger moth (woolly bear caterpillar)
large lace-border
large maple spanworm moth
large yellow underwing
lucerne moth
Nessus sphinx
red-headed inchworm moth
snowberry clearwing
sooty-winged chalcoela
subgothic dart
sycamore tussock moth
tulip tree beauty

Mantids
Carolina mantis

Thrips
tube-tailed thrips

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Fungi

half-free morel

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Other

Sky (sun, moon, clouds, planets)

day
night

Precipitation

rain
snow

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Elsewhere

Afield

American toad (Ridley Creek State Park)
green frog (RCSP)
pileated woodpecker (RCSP)

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Suddenly spring overwhelms the senses with a conviction that winter is past.

Even the flurry of sycamore trees floating feathery seeds down on mounds of blooming snowdrops seems a distant memory.  

The seeds have all fallen.  And those snowy white flowers have been wholly succeeded by brilliant suns of lesser celandine lighting the streamside from their blanketing habit of green.
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Now the ground is drizzled with darkened drops of a red maple’s fallen flowers.

The crabapple tree shows its first young leaves.

And the twisted boxelder once again suspends its tasseling flowers over the rocky stream.
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Up on the banks, by the quickly filling, but not yet blooming, tangle of multiflora rose, where the recently woken woodchuck feeds each morning, modest hedgemaids, long awaited and soon gone, inch up to the world their hidden floral adornments.

Washing over it all in a moment is the sound of what seem to be splashing creek chubs.  

Racing into the shallow riffles, wriggling out of water upon the dry sides of rocks, and scattering banded schools of smaller minnows,  they make hasty wakes up and down the way.
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A sympathetic viewer is easily smitten … overwhelmed, even … by so much to witness at the start of a third spring sharing some Little Crum Creek.

Then an erratically fluttering cabbage white  instantly lifts the vision and scatters it across the slim, crowding woodland with a renewed promise of still more to come.
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Two weeks ago, from a considerable distance, I could see several fish splash and writhe in the clear-flowing stream’s gravelly shallows.

A little later, these 6-8″ fish were swimming together in a deeper pool just above the pebbly flow, often sheltering in the shadow of a large rock or far bank in a chasing game of touch and go, sometimes swimming side by side as if attached.

The black band lining each of these fish brings to mind the blacknose dace.  But that’s a tiny minnow, up to 5″ smaller than these.

Two fisherman friends agree that these look like suckers. And the PA Fish and Boating Commission lists four types of sucker in our part of the state.  Of those, I have seen only the creek chubsucker occasionally pictured with such a stripe. [See Update at bottom of post.]

There are many smaller fish, as well, too several and quick to identify just yet.

Whatever they are, certainly all are catching the heron’s eye.

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*UPDATE*

Though my original guess here was a creek chubsucker, I have since come across other information that makes me think this fish is not a sucker at all, but a kind of minnow: the creek chub.

In a 2010 presentation at Ridley Creek State Park, Dr. Thomas Cordrey of DelVal Soil and Environmental Consultants listed several fish observed in a downstream channel of Little Crum Creek:

  • common shiner
  • blacknose dace
  • creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
  • pumpkin seed
  • green sunfish
  • white sucker

No mention of the creek chubsucker (Erimyzon oblongus).

Likewise, a PA DEP report omits the creek chubsucker from its list of fish in Crum Creek, the stream to which Little Crum Creek is a tributary.

Finally, in March of 2012, I saw a similarly behaved fish with pointed white bumps on each side of its head.

Could these be the tubercles grown by creek chubs during breeding time?

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Seen from footbridge, Little Crum Creek Park, Swarthmore PA.