Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
Cape May Warbler*
Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Tree Sparrow*
Great Black-backed Gull*
Great Blue Heron
Great Grey Shrike
Great Spotted Woodpecker*
Greater White-Fronted Goose*
Lesser Black-backed Gull*
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Groundhog - See Woodchuck
Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk
Train heading though downtown Davenport during the flooding from the Mississippi River last month.
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 terns by the shaggy crest and long, black, pale-tipped bill. The black crest indicates breeding plumage.
Photos taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.
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 him down. Not easy in the long grass. Taken near the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas.
Part of the new NF Winged.
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 half of Florida’s panhandle. It feeds on oysters, mussels, and clams with its long, orange bill. Also identified by the yellow eyes with orange eye rings. This photo was taken on Mustang Island, near Port Aransas, Texas.
Linked up with Camera Critters.
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 and yellow not visible in this photo. For the full report of my first day of Texas birding (in Aransas and surrounding areas), check out Butler’s Birds. My cousin / fellow birder put together a great post of our first day of Texas birding (from June 6, 2014).
Part of Camera Critters.
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 is only the second time in 6 years I have seen them here. The male has the white face crescent. The blue wing is not visible in these shots.
Photos taken April 5, 2014.
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INSECTS, ARACHNIDS, MYRIAPODS & GASTROPODS
Categorized by family, placed chronologically by common name
- Book Review
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- In Flight
- Mississippi River
- People and Faces
- Photo Hunt
- Street Shots
- The Seven Seas
Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)
Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)
Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)
Brown Lacewings (Hemerobiidae)
Bumble Bees, etc. (Apidae)
Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)
Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)
Centipedes, House (Scutigeridae)
Common Sawflies (Tenthredinidae)
Crane Flies (Tipulidae)
Ermine Moths (Yponomeutidae)
Flower Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Funnel-Web Spiders (Agelenidae)
Honey Bees - See Bumble Bees, etc.
Hornets - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Hover Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Ichneumon Wasps (Ichneumonidae)
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)
Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)
Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)
Lightning Bugs - See Fireflies
Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)
Mantid Flies (Mantispidae)
Minettia Flies (Minettia)
Narrow-Winged Damselflies (Coenagrionidae)
New York Weevils (Ithyceridae)
Paper Wasps - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Picture-Winged Flies (Ulidiidae)
Plant Bugs (Miridae)
Robber Flies (Asilidae)
Scarab Beetles (Scarabaeidae)
Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)
Short-horned Grasshoppers (Acrididae)
Signal Flies (Platystomatidae)
Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)
Soldier Flies (Stratiomyidae)
Sphinx Moths (Sphingidae)
Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)
Sweat Bees (Halictidae)
Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)
Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)
Tiphiid Wasps (Tiphiidae)
Yellowjackets, etc. (Vespidae)
Spider Lily - See Spiderwort
REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS
Common Garter Snake
Eastern Box Turtle*
Northern Fence Lizard*
Giant Sea Star*
Landscapes / Mountains
Planes / Trains / Autos / Boats
Rainbows / Clouds / Sky Formations
Rivers and Waterways
Signs, Billboards, etc.
Structures / Buildings
Sun and Moon