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March 2011

Durham, NC  3/26/11

       
Winter Cress.  It first appeared on 3/24/11        

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Rd. access, Orange County, NC  3/24/11

 
Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus), seen near river bank. Juvenal's Duskywing Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) Rue Anemone A group of Cutleaf Toothworts  


 
Plum blossoms? Certainly the Prunus genus. Giant Chickweed plants Female Falcate Orangetip (the only one I saw that day) on Cutleaf Toothwort. Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Clouded Sulphur wing

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  3/23/11

   
Four-toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum), apparently missing most of its tail and about to burrow into the soil and rotted wood. Same Four-toed Salamander, originally seen in this position Field Pansies    


White-throated Sparrow Male Falcate Orangetip Female Falcate Orangetip on Spring Beauty Cutleaf Toothwort, showing variation in leaf shape Cutleaf Toothwort

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  3/22/11

 
Green Frog (Rana clamitans), well-camouflaged but given away by the sun's glare A rather unusual Spring Beauty, in Siler's Bog Field Pansy Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle


 
Female Falcate Orangetip in flight Another female Falcate Orangetip in flight Female Falcate Orangetip on flower (rockcress?) Juvenal's Duskywing  

Downtown Winston-Salem (mostly Old Salem), Forsyth County, NC  3/21/11

American Robin Silver-spotted Skipper Courtship process of Cabbage Whites Crab spider Grape Hyacinths Sweat bee (Lasioglossum subgenus dialictus)

Here's an exploration of the puzzling issue of what seem to be semi-leucistic Common Blue Violets, a topic that Bill Hilton discussed two years ago in http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek090315.html.  The degree of white in these violets (here, taken by me) seems to form a continuum from mostly white to half-white (the last, as Bill's illustration shows).

 
Violet #1: relatively speaking, a lot of purple Violet #2: The purple is sparser here. Violet #3: A lot of purple on one petal, a little on two others These violets (and their placement), the one on the right a typical Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), suggest a genetic relationship between the two.  

Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC  3/20/11

Green Six-spotted Beetle Large Bee Fly on spring Beauty flower Lesser Celandines Mysterious bushes Bee (Andrena genus)


 
Tufted Titmouse Rue Anemone Boxelder Bug seeming to hide under what look like Sycamore seeds.  Before, it scurried furiously, then somehow wound up in this position almost instantly. Forget-Me-Nots  

Durham, NC  3/20/11

       
Hophornbeam male catkins at different stages of exposure of anthers        

Durham, NC  3/19/11

     
Centipede Snail      

Durham, NC  3/18/11

     
Plasterer bee, hovering near nest entrance.  She crawled in and out of it several times. Plasterer bee entering nest Common Blue Violets and Chickweed      


 
 Boxelder fruits Male Falcate Orangetip Redbud White-throated Sparrow  

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  3/17/11

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (rear view) Male Falcate Orangetip, in flight Heartleaf foamflower Little Sweet Betsy Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)


     
Trout Lily A Common Oak Moth (Phoberia atomaris).  These moths were very common in this area that day, but extremely fast-moving and often impossible to see when they landed.  I got this photo by aiming the camera where I saw the moth land, without actually seeing it!      

Southpoint Swamp, Durham, NC  3/16/11

   
Canada Goose territorial battle.  There was a lot of honking leading up to the chasing of two geese onto the far shore. Redbelly Water Snake crossing water Redbelly Water Snake climbing on land    

   
Female Red Maple Redbud flowers Red-eared Sliders (smaller) and Yellowbelly Sliders (bigger)    

Battery Buchanan, Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/13/11

   
American Oystercatcher, standing relatively near the boat ramp. American Oystercatcher, flying from the ferry area toward the jetty Two American Oystercatchers, flying toward the jetty    


Northern Mockingbird landing on tree Northern Mockingbird perched on tree Juvenile Dunlin on jetty Two juvenile Dunlins at jetty Same two Dunlins at jetty

     
Juvenile Dunlins Yellow-rumped Warbler      

Battle Acre and main beach, Ft. Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/13/11

Savannah Sparrow on one of the big rocks.  ID confirmed by John Ennis. Boat-tailed Grackle family (adult female is second from left)

 

 
Some of hundreds, maybe thousands of (Double-crested?) Cormorants flying west, viewed from the Battle Acre parking lot.  Later on, far down the public beach (near the CapeFear River), they took a right turn, toward the north.  There are a few birds in the water, which I'd guess to be Pied-bill Grebes.  

 

     
Clouded Sulphur, seen next to maritime forest Male Boat-tailed Grackle, in parking lot Male Boat-tailed Grackle, on gazebo Fly      

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  3/13/11

     
Green Anole Fly      

Battery Buchanan, Ft. Fisher Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/12/11

 
Royal Tern, non-breeding plumage Royal Tern, breeding plumage Common Grackle Male Boat-tailed Grackle

   
American Oystercatcher American Oystercatchers flying from the jetty to (and past) the boat ramp Double-crested Cormorants    

 

     
Annual Glasswort (Salicornia virginica) Raccoon prints      

Lake Park, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/12/11

   
About 75 American Coots Part of the underside of an American Coot foot.  Though it isn't webbed, three curved pads stick out on each side of each talon, and you see an extra spiky "claw" on top. American Coot walking    

Fort Fisher Basin Trail, New Hanover County, NC  3/11/11

 Cooper's Hawk? Same hawk.  It was chasing a songbird over a sandy stretch near the marsh. Annual Glasswort (Salicornia virginica) Wolf spider? Seaweed on the Cape Fear River bank

Lake Park, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/11/11

These Mallards seemed to be protecting the American Coots in the background, marching in and quacking authoritatively. One of the many Yellow-rumped Warblers hanging around Pleasure Island. Laughing Gull Ringed-bill Gull crying A Rock Dove with anomalous white tail feathers


   
American Coots, showing feet American Coots landing in the water Male Mallard    

Carolina Beach (the Atlantic coast), New Hanover County, NC  3/11/11

       
Willets        

Durham, NC  3/10/11

 
Violet Violet (Viola sororia) Red Maple fruit, lying where it fell Winged Elm fruit, which landed on the ground  

Durham, NC  3/9/11

Violet (Viola sororia) Earthworm Pillbug Early spring wildflower Buttercup?

Durham, NC  3/7/11

Dark Fishing Spider, in my neighborhood marsh, one of many. Red-bellied Woodpecker, with mysterious object in beak Winged elm fruit Earwig

Durham, NC  3/3/11

Wolf spider Speedwells

Durham, NC  3/2/11

In one small part of a field, where some Box Elder trees are, there were dozens of Boxelder Bugs, many mating, but also several flower flies.

 
Flower fly, maybe Syrphini tribe Female Red Maple flowers Purple Deadnettle My neighborhood marsh, after a rain during a long drought.  You can see an USGS Stream Gauging Station in the rear.  It was moved several feet farther into the marsh last summer during a drought.  


 
Boxelder Bug Deformed Boxelder Bug Mating Boxelder Bugs  

 

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