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Common DolphinThis is a small, slender dolphin with a long, well defined beak. Average length is 2.1 m with a maximum of about 2.6 m. Weight may be up to 135 kg. Coloration is distinctive. The back is brownish-gray to black and the belly is white. A crisscross, or "hourglass" pattern of light gray, yellow, or tan bands occurs on the sides and a black stripe extends from the lower jaw to the flipper. The rostrum is black with a white tip and the eyes are set in a black, circular patch from which black lines run forward to the base of the snout. Although varying in extent between individuals, the black dorsal coloration extends down the sides below the dorsal fin giving the impression of a saddle
FoxCalled the cat-like canine by one biologist, the red fox is a lean and agile hunter who, unlike most dogs, works alone, stalking its prey and then moving in close for the kill. Equipped with superlative hearing and vision, it can leap high in the air and moves very quickly in straight lines across open territory. Like raccoons, fox are opportunistic diners who eat everything from berries and seeds to mammals and birds.
OspreyA large brown and white hawk, most frequently seen near water. The upperparts are dark brownish black, and the underparts are white. The head has a dark eye-stripe, a white eye-brow and a dark crown. Immature birds look similar to adults but may have buff on the breast and the back feathers are edged in white giving a spotted or scaly appearance.
Pitch PinePitch pine is a small to medium-sized native, coniferous (cone-bearing) evergreen which will grow in almost any situation on Long Island, but prefers full sun and porous soil.