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October 2016

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/29/16 (seen from the departing ferry)

Cormorants flying south Dredge Island just before dawn A better view of Dredge Island, showing pelicans and other birds A similar view, closer to sunrise Cormorants flying south


Cormorants flying from Dredge Island toward Ocracoke (south) The Village of Ocracoke Dredge Island Distant cormorants Harbor House


Egrets Another view of these egrets      

Nature Trail, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC 10/28/16

Male Brackish-water Fiddler Crab standing his ground        

Ocracoke Island (north end), Hyde County, NC 10/27/16

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Another nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Probably first-year Piping Plover, which alternated between walking toward me and facing away Same Piping Plover, which eventually flew around me.  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/27/16

Common Starlings Common Starlings Double-crested Cormorant Brown Pelican flying toward setting sun After sunset


Before sunset Closer up Same sunset scene with glare screened out    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/26/16

Double-crested Cormorant Eurasian Collared Dove Grackle Mallard ducklings Mystery bird


Interesting street corner Fishing mistake      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/25/16

Monarch Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Another Yellow-rumped Warbler

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/25/16

Eastern Phoebe Northern Mockingbird Hens Cooper's Hawk Raccoon sculpture

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC 10/24/16

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Same Black-bellied Plover Cormorants Ghost Crab Grasshopper


Great Black-backed Gull Flock of Great Black-backed Gulls Four Black-backed Gulls The north end, where the effects of the Hurricane Matthew are shown Yellow-rumped Warbler, one of several nearby

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hyde County, NC 10/24/16

Yellow-rumped Warbler Juvie Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler in a marsh Another juvie Yellow-rumped Warbler Female Red-winged Blackbird

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/23/16

Double-crested Cormorant Mallard-American Black Duck hybrid pair Common flower in the neighborhood Sunset over Silver Lake Yellow-rumped Warbler eating berries in a Wax Myrtle bush

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/23/16

Northern Mockingbird, actually slightly outside the Preserve Yellow-rumped Warbler Another Yellow-rumped Warbler Remains of a horseshoe crab  

Big Foot Island, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Double-crested Cormorants and gulls A longer view of the Double-crested Cormorants and gulls      

Pamlico Sound, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Royal Tern Laughing Gull Laughing Gulls, with fish prey Juvenile Brown Pelican landing  

Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Blowfly Midge Royal Tern about to land What is the one Royal Tern saying? Flying by are a gull, an adult Royal Tern, and a juvenile. Interspecies conversation (including Laughing Gull)


Royal Terns and Laughing Gulls, both A quiet scene, during a rare moment when both Royal Terns were looking in the same direction Sometimes one Royal Tern bumps another one off its perch. In this case, an adult is the one displaying bad manners, while these two juveniles are still unsuspecting. Another interesting conversation, perhaps, "You can't land here!" One perched Royal Tern watches two other terns pass through.


More Royal Tern activity: "Don't even think of landing here!" You can see who's boss, at least on this piling. It's interesting to see how Royal Terns wriggle their wings when moved in on. "Sorry, buddy, but we don't think there's a place for you." An adult Royal Tern flies by, watched by two juveniles.


One Royal Tern scolds another. "Don't even think of doing that!"      

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, Moore County, NC 10/18/16

Pine Barrens Gentian, which is federally- and state-listed (G3 and S3). Same Pine Barrens Gentian with female Zabulon Skipper Same Pine Barrens Gential with same female Zabulon Skipper Barklouse Wildflower with barklouse


Sandhill Chaffhead Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver Same Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver Oak leaf Eastern Phoebe


Pine Warbler Pselliopus cinctus Same Pselliopus cinctus Snail Wasp (Campsomeris genus)


Wasp (Campsomeris genus) White-breasted Nuthatch      

Durham, NC 10/17/16

Bees Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Sweetgum leaf Clouded Skipper Another Clouded Skipper

Durham, NC 10/16/16

Turkey Vulture Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures Black Vultures (including one fledgling) and Turkey Vultures Turkey Vultures Turkey Vulture

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC 10/15/16

Cloudless Sulphur        

Jordan Lake (east of 751), Chatham County, NC 10/14/16

Northern Cricket Frog Same Northern Cricket Frog View from the (new) shore The lake shore Exposed roots of a pine tree



Jordan Lake (west of 751), Chatham County, NC 10/14/16

Common Buckeye Corn cob Cutleaf Groundcherry fruit Cutleaf Groundcherry plant Pearl Crescent on Cutleaf Groundcherry plant


Wolf spider with egg sac Mystery wildflowers Toad bug lying in shallow water Toad bug swimming Another toad bug swimming


Field Cricket Mating Spotted Cucumber Beetles Pearl Crescent Same Pearl Crescent Mystery fly, very small


Wolf spider in shallow water Tiny wolf spider running across the water Lake water, which normally ended on the other side of the trees Fungus  

Durham, NC 11/13/16

Buprestid beetle (maybe Texania campestris)        

Durham, NC 10/11/16

Male Eastern Tailed-Blue Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) with prey Ocola Skipper Another Ocola Skipper Wolf spider


American Robin American Robin Saucer Magnolia Bee fly (11/12) Bee fly

Durham, NC 10/10/16

Female Eastern Bluebird Female Fiery Skipper Pearl Crescent Sleepy Orange  

Durham, NC 10/9/16

Mallards in a temporary large puddle Antmimic jumping spider Drone Fly Same Drone Fly Eastern Tailed-blue


Honeybee Male House Finch Jumping spider Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Same jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum)


Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Predaceous diving beetle Mystery spider Warty Leaf Beetle Water scavenger beetle


Wolf spider        

Durham, NC 10/6/16

Carpenter bee Chipping Sparrow Chipping Sparrow Grasshopper Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron Green Frog Same Green Frog Green Treefrog Northern Mockingbird


Yellow-collared Scape Moth Pearl Crescent Northern Cricket Frog Water Plantain  

Durham, NC 10/4/16

Female Northern Cardinal Same Northern Cardinal Northern Mockingbird Same Mockingbird  

Durham, NC 10/3/16

Pearl Crescent on White Heath Asters Checkered skipper Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver Bowl-and-Doily Spider Stink bug


Pearl Crescent Monarch caterpillar Monarch caterpillar waving its "tails" Monarch caterpillar Stink bug


Stink bug Eggs? Caterpillar Arabesque Orb Weaver Mourning Dove

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC 10/1/16

Triangulate Orb Weaver Tiny spider Purple False Foxglove with insect visitor Orchard spider Long-jawed orb weaver


Gemmed Satyr Variegated Fritillary chrysalis Another view of the Variegated Fritillary chrysalis Carolina Satyr Argiope aurantius spider with katydid prey


Common Buckeye Another Common Buckeye Cooper's Hawk Sleepy Orange  


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