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December 2015

This was a fruitful month because warm weather prevailed everywhere I was, whether in southwestern Florida, far southern coastal North Carolina or at home in Durham, thanks to a record warm spell. It was also a good month to see birds that were receptive to being photographed.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC 12/28/15

Nonbreeding Horned Grebe Another Horned Grebe Horned Grebe family Song Sparrow Song Sparrow sizing me up

 

   
Song Sparrow still curious Same Song Sparrow Tricolored Heron    

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 12/28/15

Young White Ibis Female House Sparrow, at Carolina Lake Mural Adult male and young House Sparrows Two House Sparrow pairs

 

   
Male House Sparrow Female House Sparrow American Coots and a duck at Carolina Lake    

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC 12/27/15

     
Wandering Glider Brown-headed Nuthatch      

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC 12/27/15

American Oystercatchers Evening Primrose, with dew Small plane in flight The Southern variety of sundog (much smaller and simpler than the Northern type) Hooded Mergansers and probably a Northern Pin-tailed Duck

 

       
Snowy Egret        

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC 12/26/15

Orb weaver web Savannah Sparrow Sanderling Same Sanderling Female Sand Crab

 

Male Sand Fiddler Crab Fog-obscured fishermen on Carolina Beach looking south Double-crested Cormorant Another Double-crested Cormorant Another view of that Double-crested Cormorant

 

   
Common Buckeye Nonbreeding Brown Pelican Buffleheads    

Durham, NC 12/20/15

       
Carolina Wren        

Durham, NC 12/18/15

       
Northern Brownsnake        

Durham, NC 12/15/15

   
Song Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Same Dark-eyed Junco    

Durham, NC 12/14/15 (local marsh)

   
Song Sparrow among Cattails Japanese Mazus Another Song Sparrow    

Durham, NC 12/13/15 (Third Fork Creek Trail)

     
Barklouse Dwarf spider      

Durham, NC 12/12/15

Song Sparrow Turkey Vulture Another Turkey Vulture Adult water boatman Another adult water boatman

 

     
Three water boatman nymphs White-throated Sparrow      

Durham, NC 12/11/15

   
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet Jumping spider    

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Lee County, FL 12/6/15

Cassius Blue Orchard Spider Raccoon, which climbed a cabbage palm, in search of fruit to eat. You can see the paw.

 

     
Looking... Zebra Heliconian, dorsal wing view      

Bailey Tract, Sanibel, Lee County, FL 12/6/15

   
Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata). ID thanks to William Edwards. Female Roseate Skimmer Male Roseate Skimmer    

Bailey Tract, Sanibel, Lee County, FL 12/5/15

Common Buckeye Cassius Blue Drone Fly Florida Ivory Millipede Water snake

 

Young Pied-billed Grebe Two young Pied-billed Grebes Sabatia stellaris Twice-stabbed ladybug beetle White Peacock

 

       
Mystery wildflower        

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Lee County, FL 12/5/15

Common Ground Dove Little Blue Heron Roseate Spoonbill Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron Tricolored Heron

 

     
White Pelicans and a few Double-crested Cormorants Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, and Snowy Egret      

Causeway Islands Park (Island A), Lee County, FL 12/5/15

Barred Yellow Sandwich Tern, seen from the bridge from the mainland Kiteboarder Kiteboarder, seen from a distance Two kiteboarders

Turner Beach, Captiva Island, Lee County, FL 12/4/15

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Double-crested Cormorant Same Double-crested Cormorant Common Merganser Pen Shell, with barnacles and various shells

 

   
Snowy Egret Sanderlings Ruddy Turnstone    

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, Lee County, FL 12/4/15

American Alligator Anhinga calling (croaking sound) Same Anhinga Cuban Anole Young Little Blue Heron

 

Long-legged fly Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia genoveva) Wildflowers and pink fruits Close-up of the wildflowers Plant with spiny seedpods

Punta Rassa, Lee County, FL 12/4/15

   
Yellow-crowned Heron Great Egret Feral cat    

Hagerup Beach, Captiva Island, Lee County, FL 12/3/15

Beach Bean (Canavalia rosea) Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Dolphin The beach, looking south Osprey

 

 
Osprey Royal Tern in flight Willet Royal Tern  

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, Lee County, FL 12/3/15

Young Black-crowned Night Heron American Alligator Cuban Anole on fig tree Large fish (each at least a foot long) Little Blue Heron

 

 
Roseate Spoonbills, a Snowy Egret and a Little Blue Heron Roseate Spoonbills, a Willet, a Little Blue Heron, and two Wood Storks Snowy Egret Tricolored Heron  

 

White Ibis Another White Ibis, among mangroves Young White Ibis Almost adult White Ibis Yellow-crowned Night Heron Young Black-crowned Night Heron

 

     
Power line cut through the lake Raccoons and White Ibises      

Punta Rassa, Lee County, FL 12/3/15

       
Sunset        

Punta Rassa, Lee County, FL 12/2/15

Great Egret Brown Pelican just in front of a boat Mangrove Tree Crab (Aratus pisonii), quite a climber! Cuban Anole

 
Nonbreeding Sandwich Tern Probably Fish Crow, has strange crossbill Male House Sparrow Dolphin Mystery flower on tree  

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