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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-Bellied Whistling-Duck*

    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Headed Gull*

    Black Vulture*

    Blue Jay

    Blue Tit*

    Blue-Winged Teal



    Broad-Winged Hawk

    Brown Creeper

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown Pelican*

    Brown Thrasher


    Canada Goose


    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


    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 Shag*

    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*

    Green Heron

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Harlequin Duck

    Hermit Thrush

    Herring Gull

    Hooded Crow*

    Horned Lark

    House Finch

    House Sparrow

    House Wren

    Indigo Bunting


    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


    Ross's Goose*

    Royal Tern*

    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


    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


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
royal tern non breeding (2)

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Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 7:51 pm

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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Snowed in…but not really. It’s the middle of a day-long blizzard (according to Weather.com), but we still need to get things done so we’re out and about.

Snowed In - Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois
American Commercial and Savings Bank / Wells Fargo building, with the Greyhound/bus station in the foreground, Davenport, Iowa

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Last summer I went to Tallinn and actually planned my trip to coincide with top flight soccer/football. The top flight of Estonian football is played in the Meistriliiga (known as the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons). The Estonian top flight is ranked 49th out of 54 UEFA leagues in the UEFA league coefficients, only ahead of Armenia, Faroe Islands, San Marino, Andorra, and Gibraltar. I have watched top flight soccer in Sweden, Italy, Romania and the USA, and have seen amateur soccer of all levels in the USA, so I was very interested to see the level of play in Estonia as compared to these other leagues. Continue Reading »

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
american kestrel 01

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

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Monday, January 19, 2015
Sunset over the Centennial Bridge spanning  the Mississippi River, Davenport, Iowa

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  • Sunday, January 11, 2015
    brown pelican 01

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    Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 6:16 pm

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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    Alternatively, dealing with drunk driving in libertarian and anarchist political theory.

    Does Drunk Driving Violate the NAP? If your answer is an unequivocal “No,” then you support the type of “anarchy” most people rightly fear: chaos.

    Proponents of a libertarian or anarchist political society do not advocate a society of chaos. While a chaotic “free for all” or a state of lawlessness after a governmental collapse is colloquially known as “anarchy” (see Somalia, for example), this “failed state” lawlessness is not what anarchists propose when they advocate an anarchist political society. Anarchy does not mean no rules. It means no rulers. Anarchists and pure libertarians desire a society of rules, but they object to the rules being set by a central authority with a monopoly on force.
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    Saturday, January 3, 2015
    Black-bellied Duck

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    Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 3:32 pm

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    Monday, December 15, 2014
    Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) (2)

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    Posted by: Mike in: Illinois,Insects at 10:38 pm

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    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Even for the most vocal proponents of anarchism and the free market, one of the most difficult areas in which one can articulate a workable theory is in the field of law – without the government, what will the law be, how will it develop, and who will enforce it? Even the staunchest of libertarians will usually concede that the government is at least necessary to provide a basic criminal code as well as a police force and a court system to enforce it. Here I attempt to tackle those authors who have tried to define a workable anarchist solution to the rule of law (otherwise known as “private law”). Continue Reading »

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    Categorized by family, placed chronologically by common name

      Ants (Formicidae)

      Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)

      Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)

      Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

      Brown Lacewings (Hemerobiidae)

      Brushfooted Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

      Bumble Bees, etc. (Apidae)

      Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)

      Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)

      Centipedes, House (Scutigeridae)

      Cicadas (Cicadidae)

      Common Sawflies (Tenthredinidae)

      Crane Flies (Tipulidae)

      Emeralds (Corduliidae)

      Ermine Moths (Yponomeutidae)

      Fireflies (Lampyridae)

      Flower Flies - See Syrphid Flies

      Funnel-Web Spiders (Agelenidae)

      Ground Beetles (Carabidae)

      Honey Bees - See Bumble Bees, etc.

      Hornets - See Yellowjackets, etc.

      Hover Flies - See Syrphid Flies

      Ichneumon Wasps (Ichneumonidae)

      Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)

      Katydids (Tettigoniidae)

      Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)

      Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)

      Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)

      Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae)

      Lightning Bugs - See Fireflies

      Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)

      Mantid Flies (Mantispidae)

      Mantids (Mantidae)

      Minettia Flies (Minettia)

      Narrow-Winged Damselflies (Coenagrionidae)

      New York Weevils (Ithyceridae)

      Orb-Weavers (Araneidae)

      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)

      Soft-Winged Flower Beetles (Melyridae)

      Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)

      Soldier Flies (Stratiomyidae)

      Sphinx Moths (Sphingidae)

      Spittlebugs (Cercopidae)

      Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)

      Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

      Sweat Bees (Halictidae)

      Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)

      Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)

      Tiphiid Wasps (Tiphiidae)

      Yellowjackets, etc. (Vespidae)


        Brown-Eyed Susan



        Crown Vetch


        Day Lily

        Field Marigold


        Mountain Blue

        Palm Tree*

        Purple Coneflower



        Spider Lily - See Spiderwort



        Sweet Alyssum


        Whorled Tickseed

        Wild Pansy



        American Toad

        Common Garter Snake

        Eastern Box Turtle*

        Green Frog

        Long-Tailed Salamander*

        Northern Fence Lizard*

        Painted Turtle


        Giant Sea Star*

        Nassau Grouper*

        Puffer Fish*

        Scrawled Filefish*

        Sergeant Major*

        Spanish Hogfish*

        Spotted Grouper*

        Stoplight Parrotfish*

        Yellowhead Wrasse*

        Yellowtail Snapper*





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