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April 2024

Ocracoke Island, out of town, Hyde County, NC 4/18/24

   
Rufous-backed Cellophane Bee (Colletes thoracicus) Poison Ivy flowers Beaked Cornsalad    

 
Thistle Grackle Thistles Teneral Blue Corporal  

   
Teneral Blue Corporal Ghost Crab Same Ghost Crab    

   
Sanderlings Sanderling USAF plane going over the beach    

 
Pony eating hay Male Red-winged Blackbird Same male Red-winged Blackbird White Ibis  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/18/24

   
Sunset, 7:38 pm Great Egret Same Great Egret    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/17/24

Small-flower Catchfly (Silene gallica) Small-flower Catchflies (Silene gallica) Small-flower Catchflies (Silene gallica) Small-flower Catchflies (Silene gallica) Small-flower Catchflies (Silene gallica)

 
Male Poison Ivy flowers Male Poison Ivy plant branch with flowers Roses spreading into tree Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor)  

Hornet Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor) Queendevil (Hieracium gronovii) Male House Sparrow

       
Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/16/24

Territorial battle between Northern Mockingbirds Victor and vanquished Hairy Sedge (Carex pilosa) Rooster, wandering around two properties on Howard Street Same rooster

       
Evening Primrose        

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/16/24

Blue Toadflax Eurasian Collared Dove pair Common Starling Fowler's Toad Ghost Crab

Ghost Crab Male Eastern Towhee Same male Eastern Towhee singing Same male Eastern Towhee Same male Eastern Towhee singing

Ocracoke Beach, Hyde County, NC 4/15/24

Karl Willet Willet landing Willet landed Willet landing

Willet flying Willets engaging in a territorial battle The battle continues More of the battle Willet remaining

     
Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/15/24

House Sparrow Common Yellow Wood-sorrel Rough Clover (Trifolium scabrum) Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) Royal Tern

         
Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass          

Pamlico Sound, Hyde County, NC 4/14/24

   
Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans on Big Foot Island Double-crested Cormorant fleeing from ferry Sand bar    

     
Part of Ocracoke coastline, including the lighthouse Another part of Ocracoke coastline, including the water tower      

       
Common Loon        

Cedar Island, Carteret County, NC 4/14/24

 
Double-crested Cormorant Breeding Double-crested Cormorant Long view of the beach Affectionate Laughing Gull pair  

 
Startled Barn Swallow Sanderling stirring the water Another Sanderling Sanderling probing deeply  

Killdeer Anemometer and weathervane Northern Mockingbird Sow Thistle Animal tracks Bird tracks and other movements

     
Bird tracks: foot-dragging? Sanderlings in flight Same group of Sanderlings in flight      

 
Sanderling, Killdeer, and a third larger bird Sanderlings Laughing Gull and Sanderling, but the reflected sky is the most interesting part. Killdeer  

   

Same Killdeer

 

Double-crested Cormorants, juvie on left, breeding one on right Double-crested Cormorants, juvie on left, breeding one on right    

Morehead City, Carteret County, NC 4/13/24

False Garlic, in brush behind a hotel Low Hop Clover False Garlic, in the hotel parking lot European Honeybee on Blackberry flower False Garlic

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill 4/10/24

Buckbean  (Menyanthes trifoliata), an aquatic plant, seen in the garden, not on the Nature Trail  Thymeleaf Speedwell (Veronica serpyllofolia) Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) flowers Rue Anemone Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) flowers

 
Azure Bluets Rock face Virginia Pennywort (Obolaria virginiana) Silk with dew on it  

 
Dance fly (Empis enoplempis) Bumblebee Blackhaw (Viburnum species) Bumblebee Blackhaw (Viburnum species) Snail  

 
Oak catkin Goldenseal, in the garden Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus) Male Northern Cardinal  

Male Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Caterpillar in pond Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) Catesby's Trillium (Trillium catesbaei) Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum) Mayapple with bloom Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum)

 
Violet Wood-sorrel More Violet Wood-sorrel Green and Gold Jack-in-the Pulpit  

Durham, NC 4/8/24

Photos of tree shadows during the 79% totality solar eclipse, taken from 3:20-3:30 pm:

Two tree trunks, from the top of the island in the cul-de-sac Branches on a tree, taken from the street Same, but from a different angle Same, but later Another angle, later

     
Two ordinary tree trunks Tree with major branches      

Durham, NC 4/6/24

 
Hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus) Azure Bluets Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Dovesfoot Geranium (Geranium molle)  

Dovesfoot Geranium (Geranium molle) Dovesfoot Geranium (Geranium molle) Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) with peapods Oriental False Hawksbeard Field Madder

Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle Hoverfly (Toxomerus marginatus) Sticky Willy Kwanzan Cherry Another Kwanzan Cherry

   
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Solitary bee about to enter nest Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)    

Durham, NC 4/5/24

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) Parlin's Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii) basal leaves Song Sparrow Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)

   
Male Northern Cardinal        

     
Hoverfly (Syrphus rectus) Juvenal's Duskwing      

Durham, NC 4/4/24

Tiny Bluets Parlin's Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii) female flowers Japanese Maple flowers Two-flower Melicgrass (Melica mutica) Squash Bug

Sky over street Kwanzan Cherry Another Kwanzan Cherry Parlin's Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii) female flowers Annual Fleabane

Crossvine Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) Early Saxifrage Hearts-a-bustin' Male Eastern Bluebird

Durham, NC 4/2/24

River Birch catkins Jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva) Longhorn beetle (Cyrtophorus verrucosus), a carpenter ant mimic, both in size and movement Hairy Sedge Mystery spider

Smooth Blackhaw River Birch male catkins Sassafras flowers Hairy Sedge Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher Young White-tailed Deer stag Same Young White-tailed Deer stag Another Young White-tailed Deer stag Same Young White-tailed Deer stag

     
First Young White-tailed Deer stag First Young White-tailed Deer stag      

 

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