Nature Notes: Sparrow, Groundhog, and Tall Flowers

Sparrow resting on a neighbor's bush
Sparrow resting on a neighbor's bush

The sparrows on my block are quite a joy, both in sight and in sound.

Groundhog spotted at Middlesex County College in Edison
Groundhog spotted at Middlesex County College in Edison

A critter I do not love: my daughter and her friend said this was a beaver, but I believe it is a groundhog. We still have one living in our backyard. I installed a “solar pest repeller” (I’ll have to take a picture of the this gadget), but yesterday I discovered my marigolds had been newly chomped despite the new repeller. Next step is a havahart trap, in which we trap it, and my husband promises to drop it off at Johnson Park on his way to work. New meaning to carpooling?

Echinacea, rudbeckia, hydrangea all in a row on one block
Echinacea, rudbeckia, hydrangea all in a row on one block

Echnicacea, rudbeckia (those are in front of my home), and white hydrangea are in bloom on my block, all in front of different homes.

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