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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

    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


Monday, August 11, 2014
Train Going Slowly Through the Flood Waters

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.

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  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
    Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
    Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
    Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
    Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage

    Sandwich TernThalasseus 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.

    Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and NF Winged. Stewart started the WBW link-up with Artic Terns, so I decided to link-up with Sandwich Terns from my Texas trip with Butler’s Birds.

    Photos taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.


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

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    Saturday, August 2, 2014
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    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
    2001-04-11 Rotterdam Netherlands downtown

    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

    Northern BobwhiteColinus 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.


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

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    Sunday, July 20, 2014
    American Oystercatcher on Mustang Island, near Port Aransas,Texas
    American Oystercatcher on Mustang Island, near Port Aransas,Texas

    American OystercatcherHaematopus 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.


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

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    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    Painted Bunting 01

    Painted BuntingPasserina 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.


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

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014
    ROMANIA 097

    Sky Watch Friday: Clouds over the Carpathian Mountains


    Monday, June 23, 2014
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    blue winged teal 02

    Blue-Winged tealAnas 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.


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

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014
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    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
    centennial bridge sunset

    Photohunt: Dusk

    Sunset over the Centennial Bridge, Davenport, Iowa 2014


    Thursday, June 12, 2014
    2001-02-00 Mont Joie France les Alps (4)

    Les Contamines-Montjoie, France 2001

    Sky Watch Friday


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      REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS

        American Toad

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        Eastern Box Turtle*

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        Long-Tailed Salamander*

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        Painted Turtle


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