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March 2021

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/30/21

     
Mating crane flies Brassicaceae family member      

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  3/30/21

American Snout Female Comet Darner Crane flies mating Sand wasp attacking a leafcutter bee Sand wasp and leafcutter bee

   
Leafcutter bee and sand wasp Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana), ID by Joshua Giordano-Silliman and Tim Dekle.    

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC  3/29/21

Blackberry flowers Blowfly Hoverfly Fly? Turkey Oak catkins and new leaves

   
Turkey Oak catkins and new leaves Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava) in bud stage Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava), flowering    

Carolina Beach, including Carolina Lake, New Hanover County, NC  3/29/21

Mystery aster Same mystery aster Double-crested Cormorant Same Double-crested Cormorant Male Eastern Bluebird

 
Male Eastern Bluebird Eurasian Collared Dove Boat-tailed Grackles Same Boat-tailed Grackles  

       
Male Mallards        

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/28/21

   
Dune Camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris).  ID thanks to John Nelson, seconded by Yvonne Nordeen on the FB group Carolina Wildflowers.. American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Forster's Terns, and Brown Pelican in the distance American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, and Brown Pelican in the distance    

     
American Oystercatchers and Dunlins Brown Pelican and Dunlins      

Double-crested Cormorant Low-hop Clover with purple spots on leaves Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) Snowy Egret Wasp

       
Willet        

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/28/21

Double-crested Cormorant False Garlic (actually seen in field on the way to Carolina Lake) Green Heron Same Green Heron Same Green Heron

   
Henbits Laughing Gulls Laughing Gull    

Laughing Gulls having a good time More Laughing Gulls Snowy Egret Another Snowy Egret Laughing Gulls and a Ring-billed Gull

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/27/21

Bald Eagle holding fish Same Bald Eagle Same Bald Eagle Common Vetch Male Boat-tailed Grackle

 
Same male Boat-tailed Grackle Karl Low Hop Clover Mystery wildflower  

Durham, NC  3/26/21

Northern Cricket Frog Female Northern Cardinal Confederate Violet Confederate Violets Field Pansies

Japanese Mazus Mock Strawberry Another Mock Strawberry Mouseear Chickweed Northern Red Oak flowers

Northern Red Oak leaf Pink magnolia Mystery plant Plum flowers More plum flowers

Durham, NC  3/25/21

Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Chloropid fly Common Blue Violet Downy Woodpecker

Ground Ivy Warty Spurge Varied Carpet Beetle Parasitoid wasp Female Northern Cardinal

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  3/24/21

 
Azure Bluets Common Chickweed Crane Fly Orchid winter leaf Crane Fly Orchid winter leaves  

Fibers on leaf Green lacewing Ivyleaf Speedwell Another Ivyleaf Speedwell Little Brown Jug bud

 
Little Brown Jug bud Little Brown Jug buds Little Brown Jug buds Little Brown Jug leaf  

Little Sweet Betsy Mayapple Mock Strawberry Moss Persian Speedwell

Red Buckeye Eastern Redbud Another Eastern Redbud Rue Anemone Another Rue Anemone

 
More Rue Anemone Another Rue Anemone Northern Spicebush flowers Striped Wintergreen  

 
Dimpled Trout Lily Virginia Spring Beauty Wasp Yellow Fumewort  

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  3/24/21

Bloodroot Bumblebee Same bumblebee Fetterbush Mystery tree flowers

Water strider with prey Same water strider Same water strider Bloodroot Golden Ragwort

     
Green and Gold Little Sweet Betsy      

Durham, NC  3/23/21

 
Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana) Plum tree Dimpled Trout Lilies More Dimpled Trout Lilies  

Durham, NC  3/22/21

Box Elder leaves and flowers Broad-nosed weevil Bug Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Male Eastern Bluebird

 
Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Hairy Bittercress Japanese Cherry flowers Japanese Cherry flowers  

 
Song Sparrow Globular springtail Another globular springtail Four globular springtails  

 
Two globular springtails Globular springtails and other forms of life Three globular springtails Winged elm seedpods  

       
Wolf spider        

Durham, NC  3/21/21

Azure Bluets Jumping spider Red-shouldered Hawk    

 
Freshly molted European Earwig (Forficula auricularia) nymph Long-jawed orb weaver (Glenognatha foxi)      

Durham, NC  3/20/21

Winged Elm seedpods American Hornbeam catkin Bradford Pear, a variety of Callery Pear Same Bradford Pear, a variety of Callery Pear Flower fly

Gall midge Ground beetle Ivyleaf Speedwell Japanese Mazus Jumping spider

Orb weaver Eastern Phoebe Female Red Maple flowers Female Red Maple flowers Virginia Spring Beauty

Stickywilly Sugar Maple flowers Same Sugar Maple flowers Mystery tree Yellow Buckeye buds

Durham, NC  3/19/21

American Elm seedpods Female House Sparrow on letter Same female House Sparrow Male House Sparrow Another male House Sparrow on letter

Same Male House Sparrow Red Maple samaras Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Another Yellow-rumped Warbler

   
Yellow-rumped Warbler Common Blue Violet American Robin    

Durham, NC  3/18/21

Brown Thrasher Same Brown Thrasher Killdeer Osprey aircraft, in airplane mode Red Maple samaras

       
Airliner        

Durham, NC  3/17/21

Sawfly (Xyela middlekauffi), probably much less red than depicted here Same sawfly White-throated Sparrow Bradford Pear (a kind of Callery Pear) Part of the same Bradford Pear

 

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Hairy Bittercress Jumping spider Same jumping spider Another jumping spider

 
Mystery plant Female Red Maple flowers? Dimpled Trout Lilies Japanese Cherry flowers  

       
Japanese Cherry flowers        

Durham, NC  3/15/21

American Elm seedheads Boxelder flowers Common Blue Violet Purple Dead-nettle Red Maple samaras

Red Maple samaras American Robin Another American Robin Neighborhood swamp making inroads into marsh Dimpled Trout Lily

Durham, NC  3/14/21

Callery Pear Confederate Violet Henbits Ivyleaf Speedwell Persian Speedwells

Sleepy Orange Dimpled Trout Lilies More Dimpled Trout Lilies Vine Leaves along the ground Virginia Spring Beauties

Durham, NC  3/13/21

Beale's Barberry Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) Brown-headed Nuthatch Same Brown-headed Nuthatch Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) Female Eastern Bluebird Male Eastern Bluebird Male Eastern Hophornbeam catkin Male Mallard

Pennsylvania Bittercress Purple Dead-nettle Basal leaves of Cutleaf Toothwort Wasp Wolf spider

 
Water scavenger beetle (Helophorus genus).  ID thanks to Brady Richards. Bivalve Same bivalve Same bivalve  

Globular springtail       Poduromorpha

 
Globular springtails        

     
Globular springtails Trout Lilies, by Karl D. Gottschalk      

Durham, NC  3/12/21

   
Asian Multi-colored Ladybug Beetle Anomalous Dusky Ladybug Beetle? Bluet    

Durham, NC  3/11/21

Common Blue Violet Same Common Blue Violet Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Another field Pansy (Viola bicolor) :Little Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Eastern Phoebe Same Eastern Phoebe Same Eastern Phoebe Red-shouldered Hawk Same Red-shouldered Hawk

 

Trout Lilies More Trout Lilies Tufted Titmouse Another Tufted Titmouse White-throated Sparrow

Durham, NC  3/10/21

 
Ant Leaf beetle Eastern Brown Snake Common Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta)  

Male Eastern Bluebird Same Male Eastern Bluebird Eastern Brown Snake Killdeer and two Common Starlings American Robin

Tachinid fly Tufted Titmouse      

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham, NC  3/9/21

Bloodroots (Sanguinaria canadensis) More Bloodroots (Sanguinaria canadensis) Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) Another Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Another Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Another Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia), next to Persian Speedwell leaves Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) bud

 
Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) Big Periwinkles (Vinca major) Purple Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythonium umbilicatum)  

 
Another Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythonium umbilicatum) Another Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythonium umbilicatum) Virginia Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica) More Virginia Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica)  

 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Turkey Vulture in flight Another Turkey Vulture  

Durham, NC  3/8/21

Female Northern Cardinal Dark-eyed Junco Female Eastern Bluebird Same female Eastern Bluebird American Goldfinch

Song Sparrow Same Song Sparrow Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse Blue Jay

Henbit Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) flower Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) leaves Marsh fly

   
Maybe scat of a wild carnivore Trout Lily Another Trout Lily    

Durham, NC  3/7/21

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Female Eastern Bluebird Same female Eastern Bluebird Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)

   
Hermit Thrush Pennsylvania Bittercress Purple Dead-nettle    

Durham, NC  3/6/21

Bittercress Female Eastern Bluebird Same female Eastern Bluebird Hermit Thrush Ivyleaf Speedwell

 
Ivyleaf Speedwell Male Red Maple flowers "Golden" male Red Maple flowers Song Sparrow  

Durham, NC  3/5/21

   
Probably Hairy Bittercress Carolina Mosquitofern and duckweed in the local swamp Carolina Mosquitofern and duckweed in the local swamp, in the sun    

Juvie American Goldfinch Male House Finch Mourning Dove Secluded part of local swamp, with Carolina Mosquitofern most evident Turkey Vulture

White-breasted Nuthatch        

Yellow-rumped Warbler in breeding plumage Same Yellow-rumped Warbler in breeding plumage Early Buttercup Hophornbeam catkin Mustard

 
Field Mustard (Brassica rapa) plants, in refuse heap in community garden Persian Speedwell Winged Elm flowers Male Red-winged Blackbird  

Durham, NC  3/4/21

   
Jumping spider (female Hentzia palmarum) Persian Speedwells (Veronica persica) Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) flowers    

Durham, NC  3/3/21

Female Northern Cardinal Same female Northern Cardinal Same female Northern Cardinal Carolina Chickadee Same Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee Carolina Chickadee Male Downy Woodpecker Male Downy Woodpecker Hermit Thrush

 
Ivyleaf Speedwell Jumping spider Eastern Phoebe Male Red Maple flowers  

 
Dwarf spider Dwarf spider Eastern Gray Squirrel Wasp  

Durham, NC  3/2/21

Female Eastern Bluebird Carolina Wren Periwinkle Purple Dead-nettles and Common Chickweed Male Red Maple flowers

Male Red-winged Blackbird Another male Red-winged Blackbird Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow China Paper Tree (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

Durham, NC  3/1/21

Common Dandelion Jumping spider Persian Speedwell Wasp China Paper Tree (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

 

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