The Animals

Cardinal Flower with Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Photo – Mary Anne Borge

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Our northeastern hummingbird hovers near nectar-rich flowers with its incredibly fast wings, which beat up to 55 times every second. Males have a ruby-red patch on their throats. Their long bills and tongues allow hummingbirds to access nectar deep within tubular flowers such as cardinal flower, bee balm, and coral honeysuckle.

Gray Catbird

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Photo – Sharyn Magee

Catbirds are deep gray birds with black caps and a bit of rusty color under their tails. The “meows” of a catbird can be heard in almost every shrubby thicket in summer time. They are especially vocal when you’re picking from their favorite fruiting bushes! They mimic the songs of other birds, too, but in strange and garbled ways.

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Photo – Mary Anne Borge

Tiger Swallowtail

A beautiful and abundant butterfly that is especially conspicuous when Joe Pye and other meadow flowers begin blooming in mid-summer. Its caterpillars forage on the leaves of tuliptrees, black cherry, and other native tree species.

Baltimore Checkerspot Baltimore_checkerspot_puddle_garden-070

This stunning butterfly looks like a black, white and orange stained glass window! Females lay their eggs on the flower known as White Turtlehead, which Checkerspot caterpillars are best adapted to eating.

Pickerel Frog

A spotted frog that prefers to live near water filled with abundant plant life. They will leap into the water and disappear to the bottom when hiding from danger. Pickerel frogs breed in ponds in spring.

Eastern_box_turtle_puddle_garden-125Box Turtle

These turtles can live over 100 years. Their hinged shells are ornamented with yellow designs that look like some forgotten system of writing. They like to bathe or submerge in ponds and puddles during hot weather, and eat many native fruits, in addition to insects and other food.