Home Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

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December 2021

Durham, NC  12/31/21

 
Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) More Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)  

Durham, NC  12/30/21

Ruby-crowned Kinglet White-throated Sparrow Gall wasp Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle with wing and elytra problem Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle

     
Horsehair worm Jumping spider (Eris militaris) with prey      

Durham, NC  12/28/21

       
Cobweb spider (Yumohamella lyrica)        

Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, Carteret County, NC  12/26/21

 
Double-crested Cormorants Some of the same Double-crested Cormorants Killdeer Same Killdeer  

 
Red Admiral on Karl's pant leg Sanderling Sea foam Swamp Rabbit  

Rough waters on the Atlantic Ocean White Ibises Yellow-rumped Warbler   Another Yellow-rumped Warbler

   
Another Yellow-rumped Warbler        

Hoop Pole Creek Trail, Atlantic Beach, Carteret County, NC  12/25/21

American Robin Same American Robin Carolina Chickadee Male Downy Woodpecker Same male Dowy Woodpecker

       
Juvie Yellow-bellied Sapsucker        

Pine Knoll Shores, Carteret County, NC  12/25/21

Atlantic Ocean Bogue Sound Brown Pelican Camellia Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Mourning Dove and Boat-tailed Grackle Eurasian Collared Dove Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) Male Boat-tail Grackle Hairy White Oldfield Aster Male House Sparrows

Male House Sparrows Maritime forest Northern Mockingbird Same Northern Mockingbird Moon

   
Mourning Dove Mourning Doves Common Starlings    

Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, Pine Knoll Shores, Carteret County, NC  12/24/21

 
Karl Snowy Egret Willet Yellow-rumped Warbler  

Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, Carteret County, NC  12/24/21

 
Christmas tree Male House Sparrow Kite-surfer Sanderlings  

Atlantic Beach, Carteret County, NC  12/24/21

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) blooms Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) buds Gull, probably killed by a car.  It's legal to drive on the beach in Atlantic Beach, but not in neighboring Pine Knoll Shores. Gull in the sunrise light Moon, with some of the many craters on its "outer", more exposed, side showing

Pier near the city line of Pine Knoll Shores, with gulls (who have learned to avoid Atlantic Beach) Ring-billed Gull holding mystery item Ring-billed Gulls gathering under a pier near the Pine Knoll Shores border. These Ring-billed Gulls have gathered beyond the pier, very near the city line.  But tracks have shown that a few cars drive under the pier, but of course have to turn around soon. Ruddy Turnstone, in a small group of birds, including several Sanderlings, a Willet, and a few Ring-billed Gulls.

Same Ruddy Turnstone Sanderlings and the Ruddy Turnstone Sunrise Willet Another Willet

Durham, NC  12/22/21

Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea) Male midge Plant bug (Phytocoris genus).  ID thanks to Ken Wolgemuth.  Same plant bug (Phytocoris genus)

 

 
Aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Hairy White Oldfield Aster Ichneumon wasp  

Durham, NC  12/20/21

       
Ruby Crowned Kinglet        

Durham, NC  12/18/21

       
Female Northern Cardinal        

Durham, NC  12/17/21

Dwarf spider Gall wasp (Cynipidae family) Same gall wasp Giant aphid Ichneumon wasp

Same ichneumon wasp Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Running crab spider Gall wasp Another gall wasp

     
Yellow-rumped Warbler        

Durham, NC  12/16/21

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Red-shouldered Hawk Oak gall wasp (Biorhiza caepulaeformis, Cynipini tribe). ID thanks to Adam Kranz. Same oak gall wasp (Biorhiza caepulaeformis, Cynipini tribe)Same oak gall wasp (Biorhiza caepulaeformisCynipini tribe)

   
Aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Wasp, Eucoilinae subfamily.  Figitidae family.  Subfamily ID thanks to Bob Zuparko. Family ID thanks to Ross Hill.    

Durham, NC  12/14/21

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle and running crab spider Same Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Male Eastern Bluebird Female Eastern Bluebird Froghopper

Northern Mockingbird Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse, on the way to nest Same Tufted Titmouse, in nest Same Tufted Titmouse

Parasitoid wasp, Diapriidae family.  ID thanks to Ross Hill. White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch  

Durham, NC  12/12/21

Female Northern Cardinal Juvie female Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Female Eastern Bluebird Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird Same male Eastern Bluebird Field Sparrow Same Field Sparrow Pine Warbler

 
Pine Warbler White-throated Sparrow Another White-throated Sparrow Same White-throated Sparrow  

Durham, NC  12/11/21

Ant (Pseudomyrmex ) Barklouse (Aaroniella badonneli) Another barklouse Flea beetle Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch       Flat wasp, Bethylidae family

Giant aphid Same giant aphid Hermit Thrush Same Hermit Thrush Jumping spider (Eris militaris)

Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Another jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Another jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Mystery spider

       
Mystery spider with prey        

Durham, NC  12/10/21

Aphid Barklouse Dwarf spider Encyrtid wasp (Adelencyrtus  genus, Encyrtinae subfamily) Mystery fly

   
Froghopper Hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymus americanus) Japanese Spindle Tree (Euonymus japonicus)    

Durham, NC  12/8/21

       
         

Durham, NC  12/6/21

Whirligig Mite Same Whirligig Mite Male Eastern Bluebird Flea beetle Icheumon wasp

Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) Same jumping spider Leaf-footed bug.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk Marsh fly Eastern Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) berries, Durham, NC, 12/6/21

       
Spanish Needles (Bidens bipinnata) seedhead        

Durham, NC  12/4/21

Aphid Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Bowl-and-doily Spider Same Bowl-and-doily Spider Eastern Brownsnake

Eastern Brownsnake Flea beetle Little Bluestem Greenbriar Ichneumon wasp

Jumping spider (Eris militaris) Northern Flicker Red-headed Woodpecker Red-shouldered Hawk Cobweb spider (Theridion genus)

     
Mystery wasp Rabid Wolf Spider      

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/2/21

Double-crested Cormorant Marines helicopter Osprey aircraft Sea Oat Shrimp boat and gulls and pelicans

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  12/2/21

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago mexicana) Gulf Fritillary Snowy Egret and White Ibis Snowy Egret Snowy Egret

 
Tricolored Heron White Ibises and a Double-crested Cormorant White Ibises and Mallards White Ibises  

       
Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)        

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  12/1/21

Canada Geese Cape Fear River Chaffhead (Carphephorus bellidifolius) Another Chaffhead (Carphephorus bellidifolius) Grass

Grass   Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) Northern Mockingbird Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler Pitcher Plants Navy plane Pond Red Scorpion Fly

Ruby-crowned Kinglet       Preening Tricolored Heron

Turkey Oak Another Turkey Oak American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Same Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Yellow-rumped Warbler

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  12/1/21

     
Boat offshore from the Atlantic coast Brown Pelicans      

Double-crested Cormorant   Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)   Great Blue Heron and White Ibises

 
Great Blue Heron at the lake Gulls at the lake More gulls at the lake Killdeer  

 

 
Pink Muhly Grass Sanderling Willet Yellow-rumped Warbler  

 

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