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March 2024

Durham, NC 3/31/24

 
Hermit Thrush Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) Two-lined Leatherwing Beetle Sassafras flower  

       
Female Downy Woodpecker        

Durham, NC 3/29/24

Bigseed Forget-me-not (Myosotis macrosperma) Same Bigseed Forget-me-not (Myosotis macrosperma) Running crab spider March fly Pear Psylla (Cacopsylla pyricola) nymph

Pear Psylla (Cacopsylla pyricola) nymph Psyllid nymph Another psyllid nymph with a mite Asian Multi-colored Lady Beetle with psyllid prey Same Asian Multi-colored Lady Beetle with psyllid prey

 
Jumping spider (Phidippus aurantius) Lady beetle larva Very pale Common Blue Violet New Field Pansy  

 
Green Six-spotted Tiger Beetle White-eyed Vireo Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse  

 
Male Eastern Bluebird Song Sparrow Another Song Sparrow Oak leaves and catkins  

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC 3/26/24

Southern Wax Myrtle Another Southern Wax Myrtle Painted Buckeye Slender Toothwort (Cardamine angustata) Slender Toothwort (Cardamine angustata)

Hairy Sedge (Carex pilosa) Slender Toothwort (Cardamine angustata) Perfoliate Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata) Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Perfoliate Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

Southern Wild Comfrey (Andersonglossum virginianum) Southern Wild Comfrey (Andersonglossum virginianum) Smooth Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Hairy Sedge (Carex pilosa) Another Hairy Sedge (Carex pilosa)

 
Rue Anemone Star Chickweed Star Chickweeds Star Chickweed  

 
Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) flower buds Eastern-tailed Blue Ground Ivy Jack-in-the-Pulpit  

Rue Anemone Star Chickweeds Red Buckeye Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Carolina Jessamine

     
Carolina Wren Same Carolina Wren      

Durham, NC 3/25/24

Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) Miniature roses Sticky Willy Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Field Pansy (Viola bicolor)

 
Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) and Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana) Male Eastern Bluebird Eastern Redbud Feather  

Durham, NC 3/24/24

Cultivated blueberry flowers Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Common Dandelion seedhead Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) Long-legged fly

 
River Birch catkins Pansies Common Blue Violets (Viola sororia) Trees  

American Tobacco Trail (Miles ~7-5), Durham, NC 3/23/24

Winged Elm seedpods More Winged Elm seedpods Field Madder Wisteria More wisteria

 
Classic Durham sight Flowering Dogwood More Flowering Dogwood Ornamental plum tree  

Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, NC 3/21/24

Blueberry flowers (Vaccinium tenellum) Blueberry flowers (Vaccinium tenellum) Blueberry flower buds (Vaccinium tenellum) opening Blueberry flowers (Vaccinium tenellum) Blueberry flowers (Vaccinium tenellum) Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) flowers

Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) flowers Juvenal's Duskywing Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) leaves and catkins Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) leaves and catkins

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC 3/20/24

Small tree Carolina Anole Royal Tern White Ibises More White Ibises

   
White Ibises in tree White Ibises flying White Ibises flying    

 
White Ibis Tricolored Heron White Ibises White Ibis  

 
Snowy Egret in flight White Ibises White Ibises White Ibises  

 
White Ibis White Ibises White Ibises Yellow-rumped Warbler in non-breeding plumage  

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 3/20/24

Western Tanseymustard False Garlic Common Starling Killdeer landing Male Boat-lailed Grackle

Killdeer Same Killdeer Snowy Egret Same Snowy Egret Same Snowy Egret

       
Snow Goose        

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 3/19/24

       
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean        

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, NC 3/19/24

 
Tricolored Heron Royal Tern Maybe a Laughing Gull Low Hop Clover  

 
Karl walking toward Battery Buchanan A view from the top of Battery Buchanan across the Cape Fear river to Brunswick County A mailbox at the top Yaupon Berry  

 
Apparent wildfire in Fort Brunswick, traveling to New Hanover County Grackle in flight Creeping Wood-sorrel American Lady  

 
Seaweed in the grass near the shore Red seaweed Green seaweed American Oystercatcher  

       
Low Hop Clover        

Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 3/19/24

 
Canada Geese White Ibises Lake maintenance, maybe removing water from the lak White Ibises  

       
Mural on a building        

Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC 3/18/24

 
Evening Primrose Moon False Garlic Male House Sparrow  

 
Female House Sparrow Grackle with prey, maybe a turtle Mourning Dove Same Mourning Dove  

 
Algae Mallard pair Snapping turtle Another snapping turtle  

 
Low Hop Clover Western Tanseymustard Blackberry Dune Camphorweed, the only such flower on the dune  

 
Plane Blackberry Laughing Gulls Rock Doves  

Durham, NC 3/17/24

Ichneumon wasp Azure Bluets Sugar Maple flowers Field Pansy Ichneumon wasp

Durham, NC 3/16/24

Carolina Wren Common Blue Violets and Confederate Violet Field Pansy Mouse-ear chickweed Peach tree

Durham, NC 3/14/24

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) False Blister Beetle (Asclera punticollis) Common Blue and Confederate Violets (V. sororia sororia and V. sororia priceana) Common Blue and Confederate Violets (V. sororia sororia and V. sororia priceana) Common Blue and Confederate Violets (V. sororia sororia and V. sororia priceana)

Honeybee drinking from sand        

Honeybee drinking from sand Honeybees drinking from sand Honeybees which seem to be mating Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Japanese Cherry tree

   
Chipping Sparrow Same Chipping Sparrow Common Blue Violet    

Durham, NC 3/13/24

     
Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana) Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)      

Nature Trail, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC 3/12/24

 
Orb weaver Witchhazel, actually in Botanical Garden Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Bloodroots (Sanguinaria canadensis)  

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) flower

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Rue Anemone Bee on Dimple Trout Lily flower Common Blue Violet Rue Anemone

Dimpled Trout Lily Probably the beginning of a Wild Comfrey Controlled burn, taking place at part of the Garden Rue Anemone Mystery fly, moving fast over water at the Garden.

Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) buds Spicebush flowers Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Mayapple

Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum) Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum) Hermit Thrush Same Hermit Thrush Same Hermit Thrush

 
White-breasted Nuthatch Female Downy Woodpecker Same female Downy Woodpecker Eastern Redbud  

Eastern Redbud Azure Bluets Tufted Titmouse Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) Another Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

Durham, NC 3/11/23

Red-shouldered Hawk       Female Eastern Bluebird Boxelder (Acer negundo) flowers

 

Running crab spider Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Long-jawed orb weaver Mock Strawberry (Potentilla indica) Tiny Bluets

Durham, NC 3/10/24

Winged Elm seedpods Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Confederate Violet (Viola sororia priceana). Actually, it seems transitional to Viola sororia sororia). Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Ivyleaf Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus ) Long-legged fly on puddle Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia sororia) Not-quite-adult male Northern Cardinal Not-quite-adult male Northern Cardinal Not-quite-adult male Northern Cardinal Carolina Wren

     
Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) Dimpled Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum)      

Durham, NC 3/8/24

Tufted Titmouse, calling Same Tufted Titmouse American Robin American Elm seedpods (Ulmus americanus) Littleleaf Buttercup

Tiny larva that landed on my car, one of about a hundred Creeping Wood-sorrel Common Groundsel flower Green lacewing larva, with two legs showing Xyelid sawfly

 
Same xyelid sawfly Same xyelid sawfly Tiny Bluet Dwarf spider  

Antmimic jumping spider (Synemosyna formica) Common Blue Violet Common Vetch Asian Multi-colored Lady Beetle Antmimic jumping spider (Synageles noxiosus)

Same ntmimic jumping spider (Synageles noxiosus) Ground Ivy Common Blue Violet Common Groundsel

American Tobacco Trail (0-1.25 miles), Durham, NC 3/7/24

 
Peach Tree flower (Prunus persica) Peach Tree flower (Prunus persica) Ivyleaf Speedwells Tachinid fly (Gonia frontosa)  

Mystery tree with fruits? Camellia Small Peach Tree (Prunus persica) Wintergreen Barberry (Berberis julianae) The neighborhood

   
Northern Mockingbird Mystery tree with fruits? Field Pansy    

Durham, NC 3/5/24

Red Maple samaras Red Maple female flowers and samaras Red Maple female flowers Red Maple samaras Common Blue Violet

Sand, with small plant growing Seven-spotted Lady Beetle Mining bee (Andrena genus) Fly Male Red Maple flowers Dimpled Trout Lilies

       
Duckweed        

Durham, NC 3/4/24

Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) Labyrinth spider Crab spider

Jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) Crab spider Common Groundsel becoming a seedhead Mating Red-shouldered Hawks White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow White-throated Sparrows, one tan-striped and the other white-striped White-throated Sparrow Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler

     
American Robin Common Groundsel      

Durham, NC 3/3/24

Ivyleaf Speedwell Dimpled Trout Lilies Common Yellow Wood-sorrel Winged Elm seedpods Bradford Pear (officially Callery Pear) flowers

 

     
Common Blue Violet Confederate Violet      

Durham, NC 3/2/24

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Tufted Titmouse Another Tufted Titmouse Same Tufted Titmouse Pennsylvania Bittercress

 

     
Probably a Fish Crow, since that's all I've heard this year Seed shrimp      

 

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