Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats


Gulfport, Harrison County, MS

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/18/15

Common Buckeye Willet Mole cricket nymph, rescued from street    

Jones Park, Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/18/15

Killdeer Diving Forster's Tern Ruddy Turnstone Gulf Fritillary Forster's Tern

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/17/15

Sunrise Blue Jay      

Jones Park, Gulfport, Harrison County, MS 10/16/15

The marina, with a lighthouse with ladder access        

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/15/15

Black Skimmers Black Skimmers on a sand bar Hermit crab Sanderling  


Royal Terns, a Black Skimmer and a gull Some local color Felix at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Post-mating Common Green Darner pair  

Gulfport, Harrison County, MS  10/15/15

Sunset Forster's Terns Gull Black Skimmer  


Variegated Meadowhawk Black Skimmers and Bonaparte's Gulls against Biloxi backdrop Black Skimmers flying over the ocean Black Skimmers disturbed on the beach: a man with a dog walked through the middle of them. Black Skimmers resting on the beach

False Garlic Great Blue Heron Ribbons Little Yellow Verbena

Durham, NC  10/14/15


Black Skimmer in flight, with unequal upper and lower bill sizes clearly visible Black Skimmers, Royal Terns and gulls Black Skimmers and other birds    

Black Skimmer in flight, with tail feathers clearly visible Big bird footprint, with large feather for size comparison Maybe the bird that made the big footprint.  Definitely not a Great Blue Heron.    


Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)        


Black Skimmer flying over gulls Black Skimmer doing "skimming," i.e., scooping prey from the water with its lower beak Skimming by another Black Skimmer Semipalmated Plover      
Black Skimmers in flight Gulfport sunset Group of Black Skimmers flying    


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