Garden warbler (sylvia borin) posing perched on old dry branch

Garden Warbler (Sylvia Borin)

The garden warbler (scientific name sylvia borin) is a small passerine bird in the Sylviidae family. It is native to Europe and northwest Africa, but it has been introduced to other regions, including North America, where it became well established by the early 20th century. Garden warblers are most often found in open areas such …

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(Silene Flos-Cuculi)

Ragged Robin (Silene Flos-Cuculi)

The ragged robin (scientific name Silene flos-cuculi) is a species of flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae family and is well known for its distinctive pink flowers. There are many fascinating things to learn about this humble flower, such as how it got its name, its meaning in various cultures around the world, and how it …

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Echium vulgare vipers bugloss blooms in a meadow

Viper’s-Bugloss (Echium Vulgare)

Viper’s-bugloss is a flowering herbaceous plant belonging to the family Boraginaceae. They are perennial plants with an erect stem, hairy leaves and many dense spikes of bright blue or violet funnel-shaped flowers. The scientific name Echium vulgare has two meanings: “vulgar” (common) and “A city of Lydia” (Echium = Echioion). The word “Bugloss” comes from …

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Close-up image of violet high altitude wildflowers

Monkshood (Aconitum Napellus)

Common monkshood is a perennial herb belonging to the genus aconitum and family Ranunculaceae. It is native to Europe and North America; introduced to Australia, New Zealand and parts of East Asia, where it is considered invasive because it has displaced native plants. It is also known as wolfsbane, old wives hood, soldiers helmet, dogs …

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Common knapweed

Knapweed (Centaurea Nigra)

The common knapweed (centaurea nigra), also known by many other common names (lesser knapweed, black knapweed, and brown knapweed) is a flowering plant that is a member of the daisy family. It is native to Europe and North Africa, but has become invasive in some other parts of the world. What Does Knapweed Look Like? …

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Muscovy duck close-up

Muscovy Duck (Cairina Moschata)

The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a member of the waterfowl family, which also includes Canada geese, brant, and swan. The Muscovy’s closest relative is the domestic mallard which has been hunted to extinction in its native North America. The Muscovy duck is the only type of domestic duck breed that didn’t descend from the …

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