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March 2019

Durham, NC  3/31/19

Female Eastern Hop-hornbeam catkin Black Vulture Weevil    

Durham, NC  3/30/19

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum), a species introduced from China Purple Dead-nettles Sticky Willy (Galium aparine) Meadow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum), Durham, NC, 3/30/17  

Durham, NC  3/29/19

Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle with aphid prey Downy Woodpecker Small scarab beetle Another small scarab beetle Song Sparrow at the local pond


Caterpillar Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle      

Durham, NC  3/28/19

Blueberry flowers Carolina Chickadee with nesting material Same Carolina Chickadee Chipping Sparrow Common Vetch

Confederate Violet Male Eastern Bluebird Maybe a Winged Elm, but the bark doesn't seem right Male Rambur's Forktail Virginia Spring Beauty

Durham, NC  3/27/19

Junk caught by a fallen tree on the Third Ford Creek Trail More junk farther down the creek Possibly a Paperbark Maple Same Same

American Plum flowers Sugar Maple flowers More Sugar Maple flowers Tufted Titmouse  

Durham, NC  3/26/19

Jumping spider Jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata) with aphid prey March fly Male Eastern Hophornbeam Catkin

Durham, NC  3/25/19

Eastern Brownsnake Plum tree?      

Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment, Durham County, NC  3/24/19

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Same Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Buttercup Common Dandelion Field Pansies

Henbit Purple Dead-nettle Wild Mustard? Wild Mustard? Field Mustard

Eastern Phoebe Purple Dead-nettles Question Mark Same Question Mark Red Maple seeds

Sweat bee Another sweat bee Field Pansy Another Field Pansy Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis laxa)

Small Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis laxa) Pennsylvania Bittercress Bee on Wild Mustard Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Carolina Chickadee Mouse-ear Chickweed      

Durham, NC  3/23/19

White Clover (Trifolium repens)        

Durham, NC  3/22/19

White Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum), with flower fly        

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC  3/22/19

Bee Common Blue Violet More Common Blue Violets Cutleaf Toothwort Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Early Saxifrage Early Saxifrage Flower fly (Toxomerus genus)


Green-and-Gold Lesser Celandine Little Brown Jug flower bud and some leaves Little Brown Jug leaves, apparently injured by recent harsh weather  


Mayapple Periwinkle Persian Speedwell Purple Deadnettle Round-lobed Hepatica flower

Round-lobed Hepatica (leaf) Rue Anemone More Rue Anemone Another Rue Anemone flower Shield-backed Katydid

Virginia Spring Beauty Another Virginia Spring Beauty Trout Lily Yellow Fumewort  


Yellow Fumewort More Yellow Fumewort More Yellow Fumewort    

Durham, NC  3/18/19

American Elm flowers (Ulmus americana) American Elm seeds Common Blue Violet Downy Woodpecker Field Pansy

Pennsylvania Bittercress (Cardamine pensylvanica) These might be American Elm buds      

Durham, NC  3/22/19

Whitish Trout Lily, with flower fly (Toxomerus genus)        

Durham, NC  3/17/19

American Elm seeds Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Field Pansy Red Maple seeds Winged Elm flowers

Wolf spider

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/15/19

Breeding male Greater Scaup Same Greater Scaup Green Heron Pied-billed Grebe  

American Coot Small aster Field Pansy    

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/14/19

Great Egret White Ibises More distant White Ibises    

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/14/19

Male House Finch Killdeer Killdeers, maybe parent and offspring Mallards after mating  

Two Mallard pairs, three male Greater Scaups, and a female Bufflehead      

Mallards mating with an interloper perched on top of the male Mallard mating proceeding with interloper thrown off    

Mallards mating, with interlopers having given up Three male Greater Scaups and a female Bufflehead Two male Greater Scaups and the same female Bufflehead    

Female Bufflehead and three male Greater Scaups Mallards and Greater Scaups      

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/13/19

Snowy Egret Pied-billed Grebe Killdeer    

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  3/13/19

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Teneral or female Blue Corporal Another teneral Blue Corporal Jessamyn  

Carolina Lake (golden hour), Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/12/19

American Coots Canada Geese Double-Crested Cormorant Eurasian Collared Dove Mallard pair

Common Starling Same Common Starling Turtles (Yellowbelly Sliders?) Greater Scaup pair  

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/12/19

Blackberry flowers Forster's Tern Forster's Tern Forster's Tern  

Forster's Tern, resting Same Forster's Tern Two other Forster's Terns    

Forster's Tern landing Forster's Terns and a gull The same in a different light    

Forster's terns coming in for a landing Male Boat-tailed Grackle Six male Boat-tailed Grackles Ruddy Turnstone  

Tricolored Heron Common Yellow Wood-Sorrel Yellow-rumped Warbler    

Carolina Beach Greenway, New Hanover County, NC  3/12/19

Male Northern Cardinal Another male Northern Cardinal Male Eastern Bluebird Same Eastern Bluebird Male House Finch

Killdeer Juvie Little Blue Heron Little Blue Heron Northern Mockingbird  

Karl at southern greenway entrance Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Blue Jay    

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/11/19

Belted Kingfisher Same Belted Kingfisher Green Heron Killdeer Same Killdeer

Transitional Little Blue Heron Female Mallard Pied-billed Grebe Mystery bush  

Common Vetch Low Hop Clover (Trifolium campestre)      

Durham, NC, 3/10/19

Beetle Jumping spider (Hentzia genus) Same spider Another jumping spider with what seems to be an aphid prey Common Mouseear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum).  This is an introduced plant.

Pine Warbler Same Pine Warbler Tachinid fly Tiny wasp White-throated Sparrow

Common Chickweed        

Durham, NC, 3/7/19

Azure Bluets Male Northern Cardinal Common Blue Violet Crane Fly Orchid winter leaf Song Sparrow

Red-shouldered Hawk Same hawk Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow as above Trout Lily

White-breasted Nuthatch Same White-breasted Nuthatch      

Durham, NC  3/1/19

Northern Mockingbird Trout Lilies (Erythronium americanum) More Trout Lilies Another Trout Lily Tufted Titmouse

White-throated Sparrow Female Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Common Blue Violet Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Eastern Bluebird Mystery flowers Confederate Violet    

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