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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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jansonjones

Date

March 22, 2007

Description

American white pelicans can be found at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge during the winter and spring months. I've seen a ton of them in the Peacocks Pocket area of the refuge, down toward Brock Creek.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 11, 2007

Description

I've got two lead candidates for this one: the hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) and the downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). Of the two, I'm leaning toward the downy woodpecker for two reasons: this was a diminutive woodpecker and its beak seemed relatively short. From what I've seen, hairy woodpeckers are a little bigger and it seems like their beaks are a little more elongate (judging by photos accompanying descriptions). So, I throw it to you, iNaturalist Folk! What say you? Downy? or Hairy?

Update: I'm tentatively tagging this as a hairy woodpecker, though I concede a definitive identification is pretty much impossible from where I sit.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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black rat snake Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2007

Description

Admittedly, I'm of the generation/mindset that wants to differentiate the "yellow rat snake" from the "black rat snake" and/or the "eastern rat snake" -- yet, the phylogenetic/classification wars continue and I must adhere to the current, dominant trend of reality. The search function says "Pantherophis obsoletus alleghaniensis" and so I defer to the Machine's infinite wisdom. This "yellow" rat snake was photographed at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Deleon Springs, Florida (Volusia county). A rather lovely individual!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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