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BIRDS

Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name

    American Coot

    American Crow

    American Flamingo*

    American Goldfinch

    American Kestrel

    American Oystercatcher*

    American Robin

    American Tree Sparrow

    American White Pelican

    Bald Eagle

    Baltimore Oriole

    Barn Swallow

    Barnacle Goose*

    Belted Kingfisher

    Black-and-White Warbler

    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Headed Gull*

    Black Vulture*

    Blue Jay

    Blue Tit*

    Blue-Winged Teal

    Bobolink

    Bobwhite

    Broad-Winged Hawk

    Brown Creeper

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown Thrasher

    Bufflehead

    Canada Goose

    Canvasback

    Cape May Warbler*

    Carolina Chickadee*

    Carolina Wren

    Cedar Waxwing

    Chipping Sparrow

    Common Gallinule

    Common Goldeneye

    Common Grackle

    Common Gull*

    Common Merganser

    Common Moorhen*

    Common Pochard*

    Common Redpoll

    Cooper's Hawk

    Dark-Eyed Junco

    Dicksissel

    Double-Crested Cormorant

    Downy Woodpecker

    Eastern Bluebird

    Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch

    Eastern Kingbird

    Eastern Meadowlark

    Eastern Phoebe

    Eastern Towhee

    Eastern Wood Pewee

    Eurasian Blackbird*

    Eurasian Collared Dove

    Eurasian Coot*

    Eurasian Jackdaw*

    Eurasian Magpie*

    Eurasian Tree Sparrow*

    European Serin*

    European Starling

    Fox Sparrow

    Golden-Crowned Kinglet

    Golden-Fronted Woodpecker*

    Gray Catbird

    Graylag Goose

    Great Black-backed Gull*

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Cormorant*

    Great Egret

    Great Grey Shrike

    Great Spotted Woodpecker*

    Great Tit*

    Greater Flamingo*

    Greater White-Fronted Goose*

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Harlequin Duck

    Hermit Thrush

    Herring Gull

    Hooded Crow*

    Horned Lark

    House Finch

    House Sparrow

    House Wren

    Indigo Bunting

    Killdeer

    Laughing Gull*

    Lesser Black-backed Gull*

    Lesser Scaup

    Lincoln's Sparrow

    Magnolia Warbler

    Mallard (Domestic)

    Mallard (Wild)

    Mourning Dove

    Mute Swan*

    Neotropic Cormorant*

    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Flicker

    Northern Rough-Winged Swallow

    Northern Shoveler

    Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike

    Orange-Crowned Warbler

    Painted Bunting*

    Palm Warbler

    Red-Bellied Woodpecker

    Red-Breasted Nuthatch

    Red-Headed Woodpecker

    Red-Legged Thrush*

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-Winged Blackbird

    Ring-Billed Gull

    Ring-Necked Duck

    Rock Pigeon

    Rook*

    Ross's Goose*

    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

    Ruddy Turnstone*

    Sandwich Tern*

    Scarlet Tanager

    Smooth-Billed Ani*

    Solitary Sandpiper

    Song Sparrow

    Spotted Sandpiper

    Swamp Sparrow

    Syrian Woodpecker*

    Tricolored Heron*

    Tufted Duck*

    Tufted Titmouse

    Tundra Swan*

    Turkey Vulture

    White-Breasted Nuthatch

    White-Cheeked Pintail*

    White-Crowned Pigeon*

    White-Crowned Sparrow

    White-Eyed Vireo

    White-Throated Sparrow

    White-Winged Dove

    Wild Turkey

    Wilson's Warbler

    Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-Legged Gull

    Yellow-Rumped Warbler


MAMMALS

    American Beaver

    Common Raccoon

    Eastern Chipmunk

    Eastern Cottontail

    Eastern Fox Squirrel

    Eastern Gray Squirrel

    Groundhog - See Woodchuck

    Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk

    Red Fox

    Striped Skunk

    Virginia Opossum

    White-Tailed Deer

    Woodchuck


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
As a tourist, Tallinn’s Old Town was a bit disappointing: very touristy and expensive. The Old Town did not feel “authentic” at all, being full of mostly identical tourist shops and themed restaurants (American, Indian, etc.). The abundance of English speakers was also disappointing. As far as the locals are concerned, however, the high prices and abundance of tourists is a good thing. What was au

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Laughing Gull – Leucophaeus atricilla – die Aztekenmöwe (German), la gaviota reidora americana (Spanish), la Mouette atricille (French), il gabbiano sghignazzante (Italian), de lachmeeuw (Dutch), sotvingad mås (Swedish). “Swirling over beaches with strident calls and a distinctive, crisp black head, Laughing Gulls provide sights and sounds evocative of summer on the East Coast…Laughing

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas,Words at 7:00 am

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Bronzed Tiger Beetle – Cicindela repanda – also known as Common Shore Tiger Beetle and Shore Tiger Beetle. Tiger Beetles (Cicindelinae), generally, are a Subfamily in the Family of Ground Beetles (Carabidae). “Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed…Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curv

Posted by: Mike in: Illinois,Insects at 6:01 pm

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Monday, October 27, 2014
The Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River, from Davenport, Iowa to Rock Island, Illinois 2014 Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 27, 2014
While a proponent of free market solutions to most problems, no particular political theory can possibly provide an answer to every problem. So, in response to those who present faultless free market / libertarian / anarchist solutions, and in order to better articulate how a free market response would succeed and fail, I present the following critique. How the Free Market Would Handle Health Care Epidemics and Qua

Posted by: Mike in: Anarchism,Libertarianism at 6:38 am

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
Västra hamnen, Malmö, Sweden 2012, with the Turning Torso and the Öresund visible. Photohunt: Rock

Posted by: Mike in: Structures,Sweden,Travel at 7:00 am

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker – Melanerpes aurifrons – also known as der Goldstirnspecht (German), le Pic à front doré (French), and Gulpannad hackspett (Swedish). A lovely woodpecker, the Golden-Fronted Woodpecker is a “stripe-backed woodpecker of Mexico and Central America” that “reaches the United States only in the brushlands and open woodlands of Texas and Oklahoma.” Cite. B

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 7:06 am

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Soft-Winged Flower Beetle – Collops sp.. Elytron red with corresponding (but not parallel) black spots, red pronotum, black head, and black, segmented antennae. The yellow pollen on the feet is from walking through dandelions, if I recall. Taken in Davenport, Iowa. Linked up with Makro Montag, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma/Winged,and I Heart Macro.

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Iowa at 8:00 am

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Monday, October 6, 2014
European Peacock – Aglais io – also known as peacock butterfly (English), Påfågelöga (Swedish), and Pfauenauge (German). Back from vacation and catching up on all the photos I took. This colorful butterfly was flying around the rocks on the beach. Västra hamnen in Malmö, Sweden, September 11, 2014. Interesting: “The Peacock butterfly’s main anti-predator defense mechanism comes from the fo

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Sweden at 9:00 am

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Ocellated Tiger Beetle – Cicindela ocellata Tiger Beetles (Cicindelinae), generally, are a Subfamily in the Family of Ground Beetles (Carabidae). “Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed…Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae.”

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Texas at 7:16 pm

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Snowy Egret – Egretta thula – also known as der Schmuckreiher (German), la garceta nívea (Spanish), l’Aigrette neigeuse (French), la garzetta nivea (Italian), and Snöhäger (Swedish). Cornell:“Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet.” The Snowy Egret is a visitor to Iowa during migrati

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 12:00 pm

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Linked up with Our World Tuesday and Wednesday Around the World

Posted by: Mike in: Davenport,Iowa,Trains at 6:00 am

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Train heading though downtown Davenport during the flooding from the Mississippi River last month. Linked up with Our World Tuesday and Wednesday Around the World.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sandwich Tern – Thalasseus sandvicensis – also known as die Brandseeschwalbe (German), el charrán patinegro (Spanish), la Sterne caugek (French), il beccapesci (Italian), and kentsk tärna (Swedish). Sandwich terns are not native to Iowa. In fact, they are only found in the extreme southeastern United States (along the coast) and in the Caribbean. Sandwich terns are distinguishable from other tern

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 7:49 pm

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Saturday, August 2, 2014
The Black Church (Biserica Neagră), Brașov, Romania, in front of the Hollywood-style “Brasov” sign on Tâmpa Mountain, 2013 Photohunt: Cloudy

Posted by: Mike in: Romania,Travel at 7:00 am

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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Photohunt: Modern Architecture Rotterdam, Netherlands 2001

Posted by: Mike in: Netherlands,Travel at 8:00 am

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Northern Bobwhite – Colinus virginianus – also known as die Virginiawachtel (German), el colín de Virginia (Spanish), codorniz cotuí norteña (Spanish), le Colin de Virginie (French), il colino della Virginia (Italian), and Vitstrupig vaktel (Swedish). We wandered into the scrub after Laurence saw the bird from the car. Being a lifer for him, and being completely unexpected, we made sure we tracked h

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 5:38 pm

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
American Oystercatcher – Haematopus palliatus – also known as der Braunmantel-Austernfischer (German), El ostrero común americano (Spanish), l’Huîtrier d’Amérique (French), la beccaccia di mare americana (Italian), and Amerikansk strandskata (Swedish). This large, brightly-colored shorebird is not native to Iowa. In fact, it barely makes it to the Gulf Coast of Texas and the southern ha

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 1:31 pm

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Saturday, July 12, 2014
Painted Bunting – Passerina ciris -also known as Der Papstfink (German), El azulillo pintado and colorín sietecolores (Spanish), Le Passerin nonpareil and Pape de Louisiane (French), and Påvefink (Swedish). The Painted Bunting is not native to Iowa. This photo was taken near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The Painted Bunting has a blue head, red underparts, and a green and yellow back. Green an

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 6:00 am

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Sky Watch Friday: Clouds over the Carpathian Mountains, 2013

Monday, June 23, 2014
Blue-Winged teal – Anas discors – also known as Die Blauflügelente (German), El pato media luna (Spanish), La sarcelle soucrourou (French), La sarcelle à ailes bleues (French), La marzaiola americana (Italian), De blauwvleugeltaling (Dutch), Blåvingad årta (Swedish), and A kékszárnyú réce (Magyar). Although common in Iowa, they do not seem to frequent the ponds around my house very often. This

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Iowa at 7:00 am

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy 2012 Sky Watch Friday

Posted by: Mike in: Italy,Structures,Travel at 5:00 pm

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Photohunt: Dusk Sunset over the Centennial Bridge, Davenport, Iowa 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014
The French Alps, near the skiing village of Les Contamines-Montjoie, France 2001 Sky Watch Friday

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Les Contamines-Montjoie, France 2001 Scenic Sunday

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Photohunt: Azure Azure is defined as the color of the sky on a clear blue day. Turning Torso, Malmö, Sweden 2012.

Posted by: Mike in: Structures,Sweden,Travel at 8:00 am

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Sky Watch Friday: Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania 2013

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Black Sea 2013 Sky Watch Friday
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    Saturday, May 24, 2014
    Photohunt: Yellow Photohunt: Mirror American Goldfinch drinking water.

    Posted by: Mike in: Birds at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Amsterdam, Netherlands 2001 Sky Watch Friday

    Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Near Florence, Tuscany, Italy 2012 Scenic Sunday

    Saturday, May 17, 2014
    Key West, Florida 1998 Photohunt: Water

    Posted by: Mike in: Travel,USA at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Neues Rathaus, München, Deutschlands 2001 Sky Watch Friday

    Posted by: Mike in: Germany,Structures,Travel at 5:00 pm

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    Monday, May 12, 2014
    Ventimiglia, Italy 2001 NF Catching the Light: Sunlight coming through the side streets as we look toward the Mediterranean Sea.

    Posted by: Mike in: Italy,Street Shots,Travel at 7:00 am

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    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Zurich, Switzerland 2012 Photohunt: Streets

    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    On the train through the Carpathian Mountains, Romania 2013 Sky Watch Friday

    Thursday, May 1, 2014
    Paris, France 2001 Sky Watch Friday

    Posted by: Mike in: France,Travel at 5:00 pm

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    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    The Tuscan Countryside outside Florence (near Pontassieve), Italy 2012 Scenic Sunday

    Posted by: Mike in: Italy,Landscapes,Travel at 7:00 am

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Carcassonne, France 2001 Sky Watch Friday

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Davenport, Iowa 2014 Our World Tuesday

    Monday, April 21, 2014
    Pontassieve, Italy 2012 NF Catching the Light on Villa Cafaggiolo, where we stayed in Pontassieve, Italy

    Saturday, April 19, 2014
    Photohunt: Indigo A scruffy, immature Indigo Bunting.

    Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Illinois at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    View of Öresund Bridge from the Malmö, Sweden side (Västra hamnen neighborhood) of the The Sound, 2012. Sky Watch Friday.

    Posted by: Mike in: Denmark,Sweden,Travel at 5:00 pm

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    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Turning Torso, Malmö, Sweden 2012 Photo Gallery: A Favorite Place – Malmö is my wife’s hometown, and one of our favorite places – especially the Western Harbor (Västra hamnen).

    Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Photohunt: Stones Black Sea Coast, 2013

    Posted by: Mike in: Romania,Travel at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Sky from my bedroom when I lived in France. Castelnau-le-Lez, France 2001 Sky Watch Friday and Thursday Challenge

    Posted by: Mike in: France,Travel at 8:00 pm

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    Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Downtown Davenport, Iowa, and the Mississippi River 2014 Our World Tuesday

    Thursday, April 3, 2014
    Clouds over the Black Sea, Constanta, Romania 2013 Sky Watch Friday

    Posted by: Mike in: Romania,Travel at 8:00 pm

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    Monday, March 24, 2014
    Constanta, Romania 2013

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    Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Ring-Billed Gull – Larus delawarensis – also known as Goéland à bec cerclé (French), Ringsnavelmeeuw (Dutch), Ringschnabelmöwe (German), Gavina americana (Italian), Gaviota de Delaware (Spanish), and Ringnäbbad mås (Swedish). Standing on one leg. NF Winged.

    Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Davenport at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus – also known as Le pygargue à tête blanche (French), aigle à tête blanche (French), Amerikaanse zeearend (Dutch), Weißkopf-Seeadler (German), Vithövdad havsörn (Swedish), Vulturul cu cap alb, acvila cu capul alb, vulturul de mare cu capul alb, sau acvila americană (Romanian), and Pigargo Americano (Spanish). Mississippi River, Davenport, Iowa 2014 NF Winged

    Saturday, March 8, 2014
    Lightning Storm Davenport, Iowa 2008 Photohunt: Bad Weather

    Posted by: Mike in: Davenport,Iowa,Photo Hunt at 8:00 am

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    Thursday, March 6, 2014
    Common Merganser – (Mergus merganse – also known as Goosander, Gänsesäger (German), la serreta grande (Spanish), le Grand Harle (French), lo smergo maggior (Italian), ferestrașul mare, ferăstrașul mare, bodârlăul cu ferăstrău (Romanian), and Storskrake (Swedish). This is a male Common Merganser taking in the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa. While it is a low light shot, you can still se

    Monday, March 3, 2014
    Brussels, Belgium 2003

    Posted by: Mike in: Belgium,Travel at 8:00 am

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