A sweet and beautiful harbinger of spring in.... February (when it's indeed needed!).
Great Horned Owl
Crows harass hawks, but they specifically will harass Great Horned Owls - for hours on end, as this owl is a crow's most dangerous predator.
You know how they say not to lick toads? Well don't lick this one: it secretes a noxious compound from the warts on its back which can be lethal to small mammals. AND this toad also sometimes plays dead.
White Tailed Deer
I will eat every plant that you love, and then I will eat every plant that you only kind of love, and then, if I'm still antsy, I'll rub my antlers all over your favorite trees, stripping away the bark.
If I was making up the common name of this fungi, I would call it Pearly Puffball.
This was one of the first mushrooms I spotted here and I had NO IDEA what on earth it was. Turns out, it's kinda cool!
Purple Spored Puffball
Perhaps an alternate name could be brain-shaped mushroom?? Because they are kind of brainy.
Not named because it tastes like an oyster, but because the shape and slipperiness slightly resembles that common bivalve.
Although the common name is "Common Cavalier", don't you think it could also be "Nipple Fungus"?
Bundles of this grass were used for homemade brooms, and in spring and summer provide good grazing for wildlife, and cover for ground-nesting birds, like the Whipporwhil.