Here at Cherry Hill Park, nestled in the suburbs between Beltsville and College Park, MD and minutes from the Washington, DC line, you wouldn’t necessarily think that we’d have an abundance of wildlife. Well, not to sound like a jerk, but you’d be wrong. We’d like to introduce you to some of them.
These ducks live near the creek in the front of the park, and we think they commute back and forth to Crater Lake Pond. They are Mallards, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be hearing the pitter-patter of little webbed feet soon. Maybe they need names.
George and Martha? Abe and Mary Todd? Franklin and Eleanor? Barack and Michelle? Leave a comment below if you have any ideas.
Next, we have a whole bunch of bunnies! Or for the taxonomists out there, Sylvilagus floridanus, the Eastern Cottontail rabbit. They live all over the park, and you can spot them dashing across fields and roads, vaulting water hoses, and hanging out by the pool.
They are darn charming.
Down by the pool, you’re likely to see a Broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps) soaking up some sun. They’re little brown lizards with red heads, about 5 inches long, and are non-venomous. They’re pretty fun to watch skitter around.
I’m pretty sure I saw the first firefly of the season yesterday. They usually come out in late spring and early summer, and if you’ve never seen them you are really missing out. They’re amazing-flying around, lighting up trees later at night, and fun for kids to catch! Please remember to let them go when you’re done!
We also have White-tailed Deer, Red Foxes, and many species of birds-Robins, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Blackbirds, and occasionally a Great Blue Heron might stop by the pond. Come and pay them (oh, and us) a visit!