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fusilier



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(Permalink) Posted: July 20 2008,11:49   

Thanks for the ID's!

Definitely a house finch or three.  The pale red color extends over most of the animal, just like the photo.

Also, probably a Carolina chickadee.  The black head and black throat separated by the white band is also clear.

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: July 20 2008,14:58   

This Just IN!

I had never heard of this, but noticed a Dragonfly Swarm last night out front of our house.

A little google indicates that dragonfly swarms ( @50)are not unknown, but not all that common either.

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I have a movie, .mov file extension, but my pc ineptitude does not allow me to link or post to it.  The pics I took are too small to be useful.

If you have hints on How To Do It, and of course, if you are interested in it, let me know.

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carlsonjok



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(Permalink) Posted: July 20 2008,17:19   

A little wildlife from around my property.  I have two of these that live in the brush around my house and graze in my front yard every morning.



This photo of a coyote pup isn't real good resolution as I took the photo from about 80-100 yards away and had to zoom in and resize some.



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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: July 20 2008,19:13   

Quote (carlsonjok @ July 20 2008,17:19)
A little wildlife from around my property.  I have two of these that live in the brush around my house and graze in my front yard every morning.



This photo of a coyote pup isn't real good resolution as I took the photo from about 80-100 yards away and had to zoom in and resize some.


I think your coyote saw your first photo and said "Mmmmm! Breakfast!"

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2008,03:18   

Wildlife report from near Tyndrum, Scotland. (in no particular order)

Red deer
some kind of lemming or vole
Chaffinch
Wren (known as the Winter Wren in the US)
Magpie
Pied Wagtail
House Martin
Barn Swallow
European Robin
Rook
Herring Gull
Osprey!
Linnet
Coal Tit

and probably a few more that I can't recall right now (jet lag). I got some pics of the Chaffinch and the Wren (including young un's), but will wait til I get back to edit those. Today we head to the Isle of Lewis, so I should get some seabirds for the list.

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fusilier



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2008,07:42   

Quote (J-Dog @ July 20 2008,15:58)
This Just IN!

I had never heard of this, but noticed a Dragonfly Swarm last night out front of our house.

A little google indicates that dragonfly swarms ( @50)are not unknown, but not all that common either.
{snip}

yeah, ain't they amazing?

We had one in front of our house, maybe ten years ago.  We sit at the corner of three streets - in an ordinary subdivision - and they were just soaring up and diving down for over two hours.  It started late afternoon and just went on and on and on til dusk.  Just about twilight, a flock of swifts arrived and the display was over in minutes.

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khan



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2008,18:16   

Once, 20 or more years ago, the Monarch butterfly migration came through my street (SW Ohio).  Thousands of them settling into the trees for the night.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,09:41   

Latest wildlife report from the Outer Hebrides (again in no particular order)

Greylag goose
Grey Heron
Merlin
Eurasian Curlew
European Oystercatcher
Northern Lapwing
Common Buzzard
Corn Bunting
Twite
Meadow Pipit
Corncrake!!! (walked across the road in front of us)
Greater Skua
Whooper Swan (pair with 6 cygnets)
Grey Seal
Carrion Crow
Snipe

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,11:15   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ July 22 2008,09:41)
Latest wildlife report from the Outer Hebrides (again in no particular order)

Greylag goose
Grey Heron
Merlin
Eurasian Curlew
European Oystercatcher
Northern Lapwing
Common Buzzard
Corn Bunting
Twite
Meadow Pipit
Corncrake!!! (walked across the road in front of us)
Greater Skua
Whooper Swan (pair with 6 cygnets)
Grey Seal
Carrion Crow
Snipe

Don't forget to tell us about the weather, and the food!

(Unless you just listed the menu at the Scottish Arms Hotel?)

Just kidding! :)

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,11:42   

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I have two of these that live in the brush around my house and graze in my front yard every morning.


Rusty and I could fix that if you wanted.



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carlsonjok



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,11:53   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ July 22 2008,11:42)
 
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I have two of these that live in the brush around my house and graze in my front yard every morning.


Rusty and I could fix that if you wanted.

LOL.  You'd have to work your way through about a half-dozen nasty little barn swallows that didn't appear too afraid of a hawk that landed on one of my blackjacks last week.

Actually, I haven't seen the rabbits in a number of days.  Their "disappearance" seems to coincide with both Mike Gene's bowing out over at TT and the appearance of a coyote in my backyard recently.  So, they may have been eaten, or perhaps they have been called to MG's secret lair to prepare for the inevitable war on the monolithic Darwinian priesthood.



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,14:03   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ July 22 2008,10:41)
Latest wildlife report from the Outer Hebrides (again in no particular order)

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Carrion Crow

I saw a hooded crow on Castle Hill in Budapest about two weeks ago. Given that King Matthias was the Raven King, I thought it highly appropriate. Bird was too smart for me to catch a picture of, almost made me drop my camera as I tried to follow it.

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jeffox



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,14:08   

CarlsonJOK wrote:

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Actually, I haven't seen the rabbits in a number of days.  Their "disappearance" seems to coincide with both Mike Gene's bowing out over at TT and the appearance of a coyote in my backyard recently.  So, they may have been eaten, or perhaps they have been called to MG's secret lair to prepare for the inevitable war on the monolithic Darwinian priesthood.



It's that darn holy hand grenade of Antioch!

:)   :)   :)   :)   :)

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: July 22 2008,20:55   

This thread on another bb has a right interesting youtube (but I'm not sure how to post one of those directly).

Henry

  
Alan Fox



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(Permalink) Posted: July 23 2008,12:01   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 19 2008,07:24)
Quote (Alan Fox @ July 19 2008,05:03)


Found a couple of months ago (dead or dormant) under the edge of a pool cover. The larger one was about 80mm or 3" long. Could they be some kind of moth larva?

The friend who found them just reminded me I said I had an idea where I could get some info. on a science site bursting with eminent academics.

i don't think they are aquatic, and they are definitely not megaloptera (dobsonflies or their ilk).

i'd say probably a beetle larvae but my inordinate fondness for beetles does not cover the terrestrial forms.  the size tends to rule out Neuroptera.  there are some structural differences between the first pic and the lacewing larvae, or whatever it was that was a few posts below.

are their fleshy prolegs along the abdomen?  what does the posterior end of the abdomen look like?  hooks?

Hi Erasmus

Only just spotted your reply, for which many thanks. You are right in that they are not aquatic. If they had come from the pool they would have been bleached. Also I don't think we get dobsonflies or fishflies in Europe.

I am sorry to report that my friend did not keep the specimens, so I can only report what I remember from looking at them around Easter. I saw six walking legs towards the front of the body, don't remember obvious prolegs or abdominal hooks.

I'll try googling coleopteran larvae.

  
nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2008,21:52   

Quote (Alan Fox @ July 23 2008,04:01)
 
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 19 2008,07:24)
   
Quote (Alan Fox @ July 19 2008,05:03)


Found a couple of months ago (dead or dormant) under the edge of a pool cover. The larger one was about 80mm or 3" long. Could they be some kind of moth larva?

The friend who found them just reminded me I said I had an idea where I could get some info. on a science site bursting with eminent academics.


Ooops I missed this as well.

This gentlemens flickr set might prove useful.

I wonder if it's a Lycidae beetle larvae.

I found something rather similar a while ago and haven't been able to pin it down either

but I think it's probably Lycidae as well?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 27 2008,10:13   

Thanks Nuytsia.

There is an abandoned orchard next to my friend's property which is carpeted in dead and decomposing wood, and lycid beetles seem quite evident around. But they tend to be on a much smaller scale, perhaps 20mm. What scale are the larvae in your photos? They do seem very similar in general appearance.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 27 2008,10:56   

Taken in my backyard in more-or-less the center of Lawrence, KS.  The doe and two fawns have been around all summer, and this is my best picture.


  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 27 2008,20:37   

oddly enough the other day i was helping some local folks with identifying some specimens they had collected during biological monitoring of streams near some surface coal mining activity (National Coal Corporation is peopled by incompetent douchebags) and a grad student had a jar of critters with (what appeared to be) this exact same larvae.  No label of course (and he calls himself an entomologist... actually no he calls himself a herpetologist perhaps he has Total Recall and forgoes the label) and I didn't yank the critters out of the jar.  

But it sure did tickle me to death.  Coincidence?  I think not.  O, synchronicity, thou cruel mistress.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 27 2008,21:21   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 27 2008,18:37)
oddly enough the other day i was helping some local folks with identifying some specimens they had collected during biological monitoring of streams near some surface coal mining activity (National Coal Corporation is peopled by incompetent douchebags) and a grad student had a jar of critters with (what appeared to be) this exact same larvae.  No label of course (and he calls himself an entomologist... actually no he calls himself a herpetologist perhaps he has Total Recall and forgoes the label) and I didn't yank the critters out of the jar.  

But it sure did tickle me to death.  Coincidence?  I think not.  O, synchronicity, thou cruel mistress.

Oh sure. And I assume it's just an accident that this happened right after Altenberg. What are you trying to hide, Erasmus?  :angry:

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(Permalink) Posted: July 27 2008,21:28   

Down to the Carquinez Straits, saw several of these:



And a pair of these:



Only one of these, but he flew real low over us and gave us a great view:



And about 1.5 bajillion of these:



None of these were new to my list, but it was cool anyway.

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nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: July 28 2008,03:52   

Quote (Alan Fox @ July 27 2008,02:13)
Thanks Nuytsia.

There is an abandoned orchard next to my friend's property which is carpeted in dead and decomposing wood, and lycid beetles seem quite evident around. But they tend to be on a much smaller scale, perhaps 20mm. What scale are the larvae in your photos? They do seem very similar in general appearance.

Hi Alan,

Goodness hard to recall really but I think around 40mm.

The curious thing about this larvae was it was actually found in Eucalypt foliage harvested from a low branch of a tree. Not in keeping with the general description of this famiy but I'm assuming there are, as ever, exceptions?

It had a single pseudopodium at the base of the abdomen. The abdomen contracted and expanded to aid movement.

   
nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: July 28 2008,04:57   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ July 27 2008,13:28)
Down to the Carquinez Straits, saw several of these:
(snip)
None of these were new to my list, but it was cool anyway.

Looks like a very cool day Arden!

I popped over to Canberra a fortnight ago to visit friends and had a very nice time.

Saw my third wild platypus and got my first ever shots!

Not brilliant, I know, but I was rather chuffed.

Saw the usual Kookaburra

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Galahs, Crested Pigeons, an inordinate amount of Aussie Magpies and Magpie Larks (don't get these in Tassie).
Also saw Wedge-tailed Eagle, Kangaroo, Wallaby, Emu, Darters (Anhinga), Cormorants and some snow. :-)

Also got my first really good look at Common Myna

which are an introduced pest species to mainland Australia. Thankfully they've not got into Tassie.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 29 2008,12:14   

Well, walking from my girlfriend's flat, out towards the Royal Preserve that surrounds the palace at El Pardo (Madrid area), saw a short-toed eagle today.  Very cool.

But it was soaring overhead and I didn't see its short toes.  Oh well.

It was carrying something fairly large and furry in its mouth, and young rabbits are quite noticable in the area, I'm guessing less noticable by a count of one as of this morning.  Perhaps its toes are so short it has to carry it's prey in its mouth!

The edge of the suburb where my girlfriend lives, Las Rozas, has open fields and slightly shrubby grassland, good raptor country.  Common buzzard, hen harrier (why, oh why, have I only seen the species that exists back home in north america?), red kite, eurasian kestrel ...

While hiking along the glorified stream (they call it a river) that the palace of El Pardo was built on, I've seen large kettles of griffon and a couple of spanish imperial eagles.

And each once while talking my morning bird walk outside Las Rozas.  And the other morning, while walking through the central plaza right in town, happened to look up as a griffon soared right overhead about 50 meters up.  Startled me.

The dickey birds on these morning walks aren't particularly special for Europe, i.e. serin, melodious warbler, goldfinch, house-but-never-spanish sparrow, crested lark, red-legged partridge, wood pigeon (never in the woods, though, except in the botanical garden next to El Prado, not to be confused with El Pardo), several other species I'm forgetting at the moment.  Oh, black redstart, that's a nice bird.

Not bad birding for 10km morning walks in a suburb in sight of downtown Madrid.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 29 2008,13:29   


The nearest I have got to a wild griffon vulture while hiking in the Cerdagne last month. There was a group of about half a dozen that seemed to come and check us out for a few minutes before moving on. Best I could do with a basic  digital.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 29 2008,17:58   

A friend sent me the photo below of some sort of insects he found in his apple tree.  Anybody know what they are?



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nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2008,01:42   

Quote (Jim_Wynne @ July 29 2008,09:58)
A friend sent me the photo below of some sort of insects he found in his apple tree.  Anybody know what they are?


Some sort of Hemiptera.
Look like shieldbug larvae to me?
Wikipedia page.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2008,10:12   

Quote (nuytsia @ July 30 2008,01:42)
Quote (Jim_Wynne @ July 29 2008,09:58)
A friend sent me the photo below of some sort of insects he found in his apple tree.  Anybody know what they are?


Some sort of Hemiptera.
Look like shieldbug larvae to me?
Wikipedia page.

That looks like it.  Thanks!

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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2008,16:30   

We're back on the grid in Aberdeen, after a few days in the Highlands and a couple of days on Orkney. In regard to the latter, I wish we could stay another month!

Here are some shots of northern wildlife.

Northern Fulmar and chicks, Butt of Lewis (Outer Hebrides)



Northern Fulmar in flight (from the Orkney Ferry)



Common Eider ducklings (Orkney)



And Professor Steve Steve at the Butt of Lewis



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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2008,17:47   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ July 30 2008,16:30)
And Professor Steve Steve at the Butt of Lewis


That IS a Big Butt... but I thought it was spelled Louis?

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