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Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

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skitterbug

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March 13, 2018

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Bridgham's Brocade Moth Oligia bridghamii

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stubirdnb

Date

August 8, 2016 12:23 PM ADT

Description

attracted to light

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Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina

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greglasley

Date

January 14, 2016

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Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata

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greglasley

Date

January 14, 2016

Description

observed 4 or 5 snipes at this location

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

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greglasley

Date

January 21, 2016

Description

male, checking out a live oak in my yard

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Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

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finatic

Date

December 31, 2015 12:28 PM PST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Galveston County, Texas, US

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Tufted × Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor × atricristatus

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ericisley

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January 12, 2016

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Common Mestra Mestra amymone

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ericisley

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January 15, 2016

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Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

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ericisley

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January 18, 2016

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

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anudibranchmom

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December 29, 2015 11:27 AM PST

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Snow Goose Anser caerulescens

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susanelliott

Date

December 9, 2015

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

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keimwj

Date

November 18, 2015 12:02 PM EST

Description

18 Nov 2015.
Churchville Nature Center, Bucks Co, PA.
After careful and close observation, I was deemed still somewhat alive, and therefore inedible...

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Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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keimwj

Date

November 9, 2015 01:32 PM EST

Description

09 Nov 2015.
Cape May Migratory Bird Sanctuary (The Meadows), Cape May Co, NJ.

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Nelson's Sparrow Ammospiza nelsoni

Observer

keimwj

Date

October 5, 2013 11:24 AM EDT

Description

05 Oct 2013.
Bradford Dam, Bucks Co, PA.
Found by Gail Johnson.

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Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

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keimwj

Date

November 23, 2015 10:08 AM EST

Description

23 Nov 2015.
Ridley Creek State Park, Delaware Co, PA.

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Four-humped Stink Bug Brochymena quadripustulata

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keimwj

Date

August 27, 2015 10:41 AM EDT

Description

27 Aug 2015.
Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD.
Found near the bay.
ID confirmed by Eric Eaton:
bugguide.net/node/view/1169023

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Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon

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bridgetspencer

Date

May 16, 2015

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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bridgetspencer

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October 13, 2015

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Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

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bridgetspencer

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June 19, 2015

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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bridgetspencer

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October 1, 2015

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

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bridgetspencer

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October 5, 2015

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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

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bridgetspencer

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July 13, 2015

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Sanderling Calidris alba

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bridgetspencer

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November 15, 2015

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Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma

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bridgetspencer

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October 3, 2015

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

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bridgetspencer

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September 16, 2015

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Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii

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bridgetspencer

Date

November 28, 2015

Description

The rightmost bird in the first photo.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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bridgetspencer

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October 30, 2015

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Brant Branta bernicla

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bridgetspencer

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May 16, 2015

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Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

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ryanandrews

Date

November 28, 2015

Description

This bird has been present for about a week now. Hanging out on the pier, usually towards the end.

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Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis

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bridgetspencer

Date

June 29, 2015

Description

Unfortunately, the chick disappeared after a few weeks. Birders were speculating that it was having respiratory problems, as leading up to the day it went missing, it had been seen panting and unable to feed normally.

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Black-shouldered Spinyleg Dromogomphus spinosus

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nlblock

Date

July 2, 2015

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California Gnatcatcher Polioptila californica

Observer

ryanandrews

Date

November 14, 2015

Description

Endangered, although it can be common in the right habitat. Unfortunately, almost all of that habitat has been destroyed.

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American Wigeon Mareca americana

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ryanandrews

Date

November 21, 2015 12:09 PM PST

Description

Saw quite a few of these guys here. They were extremely cooperative, which is not usually the case with wigeons in my experience!

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Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth Anticarsia gemmatalis

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fm5050

Date

November 11, 2015 12:46 PM EST

Description

Sandy Point State Park, MD November 11, 2015

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Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

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fm5050

Date

November 16, 2015 09:44 AM EST

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Sandy Point State Park, MD November 16, 2015

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Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

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ccraven

Date

March 15, 2015 02:02 PM CDT

Description

Lincoln's sparrow....green ash tree seed in its bill

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Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

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pintail

Date

July 27, 2001

Description

Seosan

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Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

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July 20, 2001

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Seosan

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Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

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pintail

Date

July 19, 2001

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Seosan

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Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

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pintail

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July 18, 2001

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Seosan

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Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

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pintail

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July 17, 2001

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Seosan

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Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

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pintail

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July 12, 2001

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Seosan

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Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

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pintail

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July 7, 2001

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Seosan

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Greater Painted-Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

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pintail

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July 3, 2001

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Seosan

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Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

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pintail

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July 1, 2001

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Seosan

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Crested Lark Galerida cristata

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pintail

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July 3, 2001

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Seosan

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Greater Painted-Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

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pintail

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June 8, 2001

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Seosan

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Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

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pintail

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June 2, 2001

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Seosan

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Reed Warblers Genus Acrocephalus

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pintail

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May 21, 2001

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Seosan

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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata

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pintail

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May 15, 2001

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Seosan

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Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

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pintail

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May 6, 2001

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Seosan

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Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis

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pintail

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August 13, 2004

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Seosan

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White Wagtail Motacilla alba

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pintail

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April 15, 2001

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Seosan

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Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata

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pintail

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March 18, 2001

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Seosan

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Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans

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pintail

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November 19, 2000

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Boryeng

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White Wagtail Motacilla alba

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pintail

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November 5, 2000

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Seosan

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Heuglin's Gull Larus fuscus ssp. heuglini

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pintail

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October 20, 2000

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Seosan

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Oriental Greenfinch Chloris sinica

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pintail

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October 8, 2000

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Boosan

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Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa

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pintail

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October 6, 2000

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Seosan

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Little Tern Sternula albifrons

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pintail

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June 11, 2000

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Seosan

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Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris

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pintail

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December 23, 1999

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Seosan

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Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

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pintail

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February 8, 2000

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Seosan

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Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

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pintail

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February 10, 2000

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Seosan

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Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

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pintail

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May 11, 2000

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Hongsung

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Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

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pintail

Date

May 20, 2000

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Seosan

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Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius

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greglasley

Date

November 10, 2015

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

flying over a channel near private homes

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Dusky-blue Groundstreak Calycopis isobeon

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greglasley

Date

November 7, 2015

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Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea

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dpom

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November 9, 2015 04:04 PM PST

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Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi

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dpom

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November 9, 2015 04:04 PM PST

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Spotted Triopha Triopha maculata

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dpom

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November 10, 2015 03:59 PM PST

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Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

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gaudettelaura

Date

November 10, 2015

Description

First-cycle

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California Quail Callipepla californica

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philwarren

Date

November 7, 2015 09:00 AM PST

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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philwarren

Date

November 7, 2015 10:05 AM PST

Place

bodega bay (Google, OSM)

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Feral Pigeon Columba livia var. domestica

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sea-kangaroo

Date

November 4, 2015 07:15 PM PST

Description

Surveillance pigeon!

I really like it when birds find and fully utilize every last square millimeter of un-bird-spiked space. See also: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/282821

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Restless Bush Cricket Hapithus agitator

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keimwj

Date

September 11, 2015 02:49 PM EDT

Description

11 Sep 2015.
Playwicki Park, Bucks Co, PA.
Male.
Found on Urtica dioica along a path in a woods.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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keimwj

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September 3, 2015 11:59 AM EDT

Description

03 Sep 2015.
Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery Co, PA.

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

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aguilita

Date

June 14, 2015

Description

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

14 June 2015: This past summer we experienced one of many encounters we’ve had over the years here at the Avondale Park and Cooper Creek area of northeast Denton, Texas, and which we’ve been able to document mainly by taking pics of this most interesting creature with which we coexist. Usually we see Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) in our plants, the flower pots or near to blossoms or in the leaf litter when the weather gets to freezing in winter and plants must be brought inside temporarily. If there’s any rustling in the leaf litter that’s managed to fall in the potted plant, count on it being Green Anole. In such cases we manage to let Green Anole outside where it can then fend for itself. Green Anole loves flies and little things that fly and thus it will perch itself in opportune places where it can have encounters with the same. Sometimes you will see Green Anole upside down on the outside walls of the home or trees and this usually means it is scavenging as well. To be sure there’s a successful if not healthy breeding population of Green Anole in our immediate area of Avondale Park and Cooper Creek because encounters with it occur annually. But on one of our most recent encounters this past summer Green Anole was taking the long walk on the top edge of our fence going from Point A to Point B and only it knew the purpose of this long hike. It was there that these digital images of Green Anole were captured and they are some of our favorite images to date of the many we’ve managed to generate over the past so many years. We hope you enjoy these as much as we did taking them. Because of its extensive native range throughout the Southeast of the United States including Texas (and other areas where it's been introduced) and North America by extension, Green Anole is an authentic resident of the Western Hemisphere.

Green Anole first appeared some 2.59 million years ago, so says the Encyclopedia of Life.
Here’s an extended quote from the entry for Green Anole in the Encyclopedia of Life regarding its possible declining numbers in the United States despite calling its population “stable” for the time being and the interest scientists have in studying it: “The green anole has been a particularly important organism for study in the scientific community, and has been successfully used as a model system for studying neurological disorders and for studying drug delivery systems and biochemical pathways relevant to human illnesses. They have also been essential for scientific progress in understanding other aspects of physiology and behavior in animals. The Genus Anolis, which includes over 350 recognized species, also serves as a group of major interest for exploring the evolutionary diversification; of particular interest is the repeated convergent pattern of adaptive radiation on islands of the Greater Antilles, producing on each island essentially the same set of habitat specialists adapted to use different parts of the environment. As a result, in 2005, the scientific community overwhelmingly chose the green anole lizard as its first target species for reptilian genome sequencing. In recent years, populations of A. carolinensis have apparently become less common, although no data are available. This decline is correlated with massive habitat alteration and the introduction of the brown anole (Anolis sagrei) from Cuba. Anolis carolinensis is derived from A. porcatus on Cuba, which coexists with A. sagrei. One possibility is that the presence of A. sagrei in Florida has caused A. carolinensis to return to the more arboreal ecological niche occupied by A. porcatus.“

Sources:

“Anolis carolinensis,” Encyclopedia of Life, description, images, distribution discussed, accessed 11.8.15, http://eol.org/pages/795869/overview

“Green Anole,” Reptiles and Amphibians, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, photograph and description, accessed 11.8.15, http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/reptilesamphibians/facts/factsheets/anole.cfm

“Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis),” Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Herpetology Program, photographs, description, and range map, accessed 11.8.15, http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anocar.htm

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Audubon's Warbler Setophaga coronata ssp. auduboni

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dpom

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November 7, 2015 11:35 AM PST

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Mexican Bluewing Myscelia ethusa

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greglasley

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November 6, 2015

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Soldier Danaus eresimus

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greglasley

Date

November 6, 2015

Description

AKA Soldier

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Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi

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dpom

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November 5, 2015 11:33 AM PST

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Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra

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October 31, 2015

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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November 3, 2015 12:11 PM PST

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Kangaroo Rats Genus Dipodomys

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September 19, 2011

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Great Plains Toad Anaxyrus cognatus

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atdahl

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September 20, 2011

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Texas Horned Lizard Phrynosoma cornutum

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atdahl

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September 20, 2011

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Large-billed Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis ssp. rostratus

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November 1, 2015

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Coyote Canis latrans

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October 17, 2015 07:53 AM EDT

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Leconte's Sparrow Ammospiza leconteii

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October 25, 2015

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Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

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October 25, 2015

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White Wagtail Motacilla alba

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dpom

Date

October 21, 2015 10:33 AM PDT

Description

video of wagtail feeding:
https://youtu.be/ThPrXcaebYU

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Bird-voiced Tree Frog Hyla avivoca

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tonyg

Date

October 4, 2015

Description

Inner thigh color greenish.

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Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata

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jimjohnson

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October 10, 2015

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Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea

Observer

greglasley

Date

October 10, 2015

Description

See:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2091917
for yesterday's obs in this same area and for context.

This was a day we observed one of the amazing phenomena of nature regarding bird migration, and specifically, Ross’s Gull migration. Weather conditions for humans was very tough with temps of 22-24 degrees F and a very stiff NE wind ranging from 20 to 30 mph all day long. Isaac and I arrived at the base of the point at Barrow about 9:45 AM just after there was enough light to see. We started seeing Ross’s Gulls heading NE along the coast, typically from 100-300 meters offshore. They were mainly in loose groups of 5 to 25 individuals with a few minutes between groups. We took many photos, but it was dark and overcast and conditions for photos difficult. Most of out shots were taken at 3200 ISO in order to have any decent shutter speed, and with the birds 100 to 300 meters away it made photo ops challenging at best…..but we got shots. The conditions for humans was such that we could stand about 5 minutes outside before we had to seek shelter in the car. We were bundled in long underwear, many layers of warm clothing and parkas, but it was COLD! To make a long story short, we tallied 600-800 Ross’s Gulls between 9:45 AM and noon when the movement slowed down considerably. Can you believe 600-800 Ross’s Gulls! We were not using a scope, just binocs. I have no idea how many Ross's Gulls were moving NE along the coast beyond our vision but I am satisfied that multiple thousands of Ross's Gulls migrated past Barrow on this day. The birds were not stopping to feed, but simply moving against the strong wind with ease. Two other small groups of observers independently tallied over 1000 Ross’s Gulls this day in nearby spots along this same area of shoreline. The shoreline where you can view these birds is probably 7-10 miles long so just wherever you happen to plant yourself is where you can look from. It was an amazing spectacle, but we still have not had any of these birds very close so we are still hoping for that really close encounter that can happen. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this species is likely the most seldom seen of North American gulls (and certainly one of the most beautiful) and most U.S. observers will never see one. To see 600+ in one day is just unbelievable. I will post several images of adult and immature birds to give an idea of the scope of the migration and what we saw. We have one more morning to try again, then back to Texas.

Image 1 shows an immature Ross's Gull leading an adult bird.

Image 2 shows 11 Ross's at a distance. This is a typical binocular view.

Image 3 shows 10 Ross's Gulls. The lead bird is immature.

Image 4 shows 2 immature Ross's Gulls

Image 5 shows 4 birds

Image 6 shows a nice adult, still quite pink.

Image 7 shows an adult not showing much pink

Image 8 shows two pink adults

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American Sand Wasp Bembix americana

Observer

scottking

Date

October 7, 2015 02:26 PM CDT

Description

Sand Wasp carrying drone fly...this fly was eventually abandoned. The fly in the burrow is a different fly, captured and brought into the burrow twenty minutes earlier.

McKnight Prairie
Randolph, Minnesota

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Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 24, 2015

Description

For several days a Clark's Grebe (in the foreground) and a Western Grebe (in the background) were seen in close association in the slough just offshore from Moonglow Dairy.

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Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri

Date

October 4, 2015 01:59 PM PDT

Description

Close views within 4 feet...not sure I've had such a confiding anything for a long time. Nice that the one confiding bird is probably the rarest bird I've seen in months too.

But always with the sticks and rubbish blocking some part of the bird...ah well ;)

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American Sand Wasp Bembix americana

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scottking

Date

September 12, 2015 02:54 PM CDT

Description

Sand Wasp
McKnight Prairie
Randolph, Minnesota

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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scottking

Date

September 26, 2015 03:03 PM CDT

Description

Common Buckeye
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

Observer

scottking

Date

September 26, 2015 04:08 PM CDT

Description

A nice series of different sized Common Green Darner nymphs all collected at the same location at the same time. The full-grown nymph is about 45mm in length. The rest are about half that size and smaller, ranging from 22mm down to just under 10mm. The bands and pattern vary quite remarkably.

St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota