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October 2019

Durham, NC  10/26/19

Assassin bug (Zelus luridus) nymph Carolina Horsenettle () fruits Flower fly (Helophilus fasciatus) Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiata) Flower fly (Eristalis dimidiata)

Hairy White Oldfield Asters Little Yellow Weevil (Lixus concavus) Yellow Jacket  

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/20/19

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Black Skimmers, Royal Terns, and some gulls flying Same birds, more spread out    

Black Skimmers, one splashing A few Black Skimmers on sand bar Many Black Skimmers on sand bar White-winged Dove  

Fish bone Creeping Indigo (Indigofera spicata). ID thanks to Su Kim! Creeping Indigo (Indigofera spicata) Hermit crab Royal Tern in flight Snowy Egret

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, Hancock County, MS  10/19/19

Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea imperati) Eastern Wood Pewee Same Eastern Wood Pewee Estuary, with Great Egret in the distance Marsh Wren

Monarch at the beach area Another Monarch there Variegated Meadowhawk there Virginia Rail Same Virginia Rail

Same Virginia Rail        

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/19/19

Ruddy Turnstone Shoreline facing west Snowy Egret White-winged Dove

Wildflowers, probably Camphorweed Might be a Marbled Godwit View of an elusive bird Lanceolate Fogfruit More Lanceolate Fogfruit

Jellyfish in the Gulf of Mexico Same jellyfish Tievine or Cotton Morning Glory (Ipomoea cordatotriloba)    

Waveland, Hancock County, MS  10/18/19

Mating Blue Dashers Checkered skipper Female Common Green Darner on water lily pad Same Common Green Darner ovipositing Same Common Green Darner ovipositing

Same Common Green Darner ovipositing Same Common Green Darner ovipositing Camphorweed False Garlic Forster's Tern

Male House Finch Long-tailed Skipper Another Long-tailed Skipper Monarch Tievine or Cotton Morning Glory (Ipomoea cordatotriloba)

Sanderling Fringed Sneezeweed (Helenium drummondii)      

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/17/19

Non-breeding Black-bellied Plover Another Black-bellied Plover Black-bellied Plover pair Bird tracks  

Black Skimmers early in the morning        

Black Skimmers around noon More Black Skimmers      

Brown Pelicans A small Crape Myrtle Another small Crape Myrtle Camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris) Goldenrod

Goldenrod Great Blue Heron Same Great Blue Heron    

Same Great Blue Heron Same Great Blue Heron Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides), growing wild in a field Marbled Godwit Another Marbled Godwit

Monarch Wild Poinsettia Another Wild Poinsettia Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae) Sanderling and two Semipalmated Plovers

Sanderling Another Sanderling Sanderling asserting his area Several squabbling Sanderlings  

Semipalmated Plover Another Semipalmated Plover Same Semipalmated Plover with another Aster seedheads, probably of Camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris) Spider flowers.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk

Wildflowers Willet      

Durham, NC  10/14/19

American Lady Same American Lady Same American Lady Male Eastern Bluebird Palm Warbler, migrating

Same migrating Palm Warbler Eastern Phoebe Same Same  

Durham, NC  10/12/19

Checkered skipper Common Groundsel Female Eastern Bluebird Male Eastern Bluebird Hairy White Oldfield Asters

Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)        

Duke East Campus, Durham, NC  10/8/19

Bald Cypress with fruits Same Bald Cypress The self-expression wall    

Karl's old house Migrating Common Starlings Amtrak train passes campus    

Same migrating Common Starlings        

American Tobacco Trail (downtown), Durham, NC  10/8/19

Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis) Asiatic Dayflowers Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa) Wild Canna Lily or Indian Shot (Canna X generalis) Goldenrod

Goldenrod Grass Hairy White Oldfield Asters (Symphyotrichum pilosum) Kudzu (Pueraria montana) infloresence, the only one seen Pale Smartweed (Persicaria lapathifolia)

Pennsylvania Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica) Perhaps also Pennsylvania Smartweed Purple Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea), showing pink tube Another Purple Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea) Yet another Purple Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

Durham, NC  10/7/19

Juvie White-eyed Vireo Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren Dog Fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium)  

American Tobacco Trail, Durham, NC  10/6/19

Ambush bug Brazilian Vervain (Verbena brasiliensis) Goldenrod Maybe Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Dead skipper, maybe spider prey Wheel Bug Wheel Bug with antennae on aphid Late Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) Other Late Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Trumper Creeper seed pods        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  10/5/19

Female Northern Cardinal        

Same female Northern Cardinal Eastern Gray Goldenrod More Eastern Gray Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis) Goldenrod Gray Catbird

Same Gray Catbird Same Gray Catbird Hearts-a-bustin' fruits Male House Finch Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua), Coastal Plain Habitat Garden

Monarch Another Monarch Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) Spotted Cucumber Beetle Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum)

Tick-trefoil (Desmodium genus) Water strider (Trepobates genus) Same water strider (Trepobates genus) Wheel bug with damselfly prey American Beautyberry

Anise-colored Goldenrod (Solidago odora) Blue Mistflower      

Durham, NC  10/2/19

Flower fly (Ocyptamus genus) Virginia Dayflower (Commelina virginiana) Wavy-lined Emerald caterpillar Same caterpillar Goldenrod stem


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