Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


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December 2017

Durham, NC  12/30/17

Ichneumon wasp Same ichneumon wasp Orb weaver (male Araneus miniatus) Orb weaver White-throated Sparrow


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Same Yellow-bellied Sapsucker      

Durham, NC  12/23/17

Dark-eyed Junco Female Bluebird      

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/21/17

American Oystercatcher by the Cape Fear River American Oystercatcher with prey American Oystercatcher looking for prey Non-breeding Laughing Gulls  


Song Sparrow Tricolored Heron      

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/20/17

Green Heron House Sparrows Same House Sparrows Green Heron, taken by Karl D. Gottschalk with a smartphone camera. Juvie Little Blue Heron


Singing non-breeding Common Starling, singing Tricolored Heron      

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/20/17

Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and two juvie Ring-billed Gulls. One of the juvie Ring-billed Gulls. Ring-billed Gull in flight Ship on other side of the Cape Fear River with cranes. Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow with flowers Another Song Sparrow Sunrise at Carolina Beach Sunrise at Fort Fisher  

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/19/17

Canada Goose pair, male hissing American Coot landing American Coot swimming Little Blue Heron Male Mallard landing


Male Mallard Same male Mallard Pied-billed Grebe Female Lesser Scaup White Ibis and Snowy Egret


Snowy Egret Tricolored Heron and White Ibis White Ibises Other White Ibises  

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/19/17

Cloudless Sulphur (dorsal view) Cloudless Sulphur (ventral view) Dunlins in pond created by rainwater Firewheel  


Kite Pond Red Admiral    


Male Sand Fiddler Crab having a conflict with another whose hole he wants Same two Sand Fiddler Crabs Sandpiper White Ibis  

Durham, NC  12/17/17

Male Northern Cardinal        


Same male Northern Cardinal   Tufted Titmouse    

Durham, NC  12/16/17

Yellow-rumped Warbler Green Lacewing (missing green pigment) Female Downy Woodpecker Same female Downy Woodpecker  

Durham, NC  12/14/17

Tan-striped White-throated Sparrow White-striped White-throated Sparrow Another White-throated Sparrow    

Durham, NC  12/13/17

Orb weaver (male Araneus miniatus)        

Durham, NC  12/12/17

Barklouse (Teliapsocus conterminus). ID thanks to Diane Young. Dwarf spider Globular springtail (Sminthurus mencenbergae). ID thanks to Frans Janssens. Moth fly Running crab spider


Tiny wasp (Eulophidae family; ID thanks to Ross Hill.  Tentative subfamily ID: Tetrastichinae; thanks to Chalcidbear.)        

Durham, NC  12/11/17

Female Eastern Bluebird Red-bellied Woodpecker Same Red-bellied Woodpecker Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona)  

McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/3/17

Male House Sparrow        

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, TX  12/3/17

Altamira Oriole American Snout Black-crested Titmouse Same Black-crested Titmouse Same Black-crested Titmouse


Black Vulture Mystery butterfly Another mystery butterfly Male Northern Cardinal Cormorant


Empress Leilia Probably another Empress Leilia Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker Great Kiskadee Green Jay


Gulf Fritillary A resaca at the Kingfisher Lookout Plain Chacalaca Another Plain Chacalaca  


Plain Chacalaca White Peacock Wildflower like a Sensitive Briar    

Quinta Mazatlan, Hidalgo County, TX  12/2/17

Silver Argiope Crablike Spined Orb Weaver Texas Fox Squirrel Great Kiskadee departing Great Kiskadee with stick insect


Great Kiskadee Great Kiskadee with stick insect Green Jay Northern Mockingbird Plain Chacalaca


Rabbit Skipper White-winged Dove    

McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/2/17

Tropical Checkered Skipper Southern Dogface Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana) at the Casa de Palmas    

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Hidalgo County, TX  12/1/17

American Snout Anole Bee Black-crested Titmouse Bordered Patch


Tiny bug Common Mestra Golden-fronted Woodpecker Same Golden-fronted Woodpecker Green Jay


Great Kiskadee Same Great Kiskadee Female House Sparrow Flower fly in flight Inca Doves


Julia Robber fly Texas Crescent    



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