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Southern Toad Anaxyrus terrestris

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Southern toads are still nocturnally romping my parents' backyard in Mt. Dora, Florida -- despite the best efforts of their two dogs to erratic all amphibian lifeforms.

Anaxyrus Survivor.

NOTE: Two individuals are represented here.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Yet another species of spider hunting and devouring a sample of aquatic midges infesting Lake county in late March and early April 2012. With the ridiculous number of midges, the spiders are out in force right now!

I've seen this species a number of times, but can't identify it. Any ideas? I'd sure love some help with this one...!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

First up, I'd love confirmation of the identification. I've seen these tiny spiders my entire life in central Florida. We always generically called them "wolf spiders" -- tiny, nocturnal, easily spotted trekking through grassy lawns at night. I believe this is Hogna antelucana, but would like some feedback.

This spider was enjoying a tasty aquatic midge.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Silver Longjawed Orbweaver Tetragnatha laboriosa

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I'm noticing an increase in easily-spotted long-jawed spiders this week in Mt. Dora. They are out and in force, taking advantage of the aquatic midge infestation happening right now.

After doing some research online, this looks like it should be Tetragnatha laboriosa, the silver long jawed orbweaver. They fall within this range and are reportedly very common -- which vibes with how many I've seen. These spiders are incredibly common (though not always openly visible).

Confirmation or correction, as always, would be appreciated.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Turkish Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Though people may be grumbling about the current and epic scourge of midges in Lake county, Florida, you'll hear no such complaints from our resident gecko neighbors. They are loving it.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Paripes Midge Glyptotendipes paripes

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

The aquatic midges are out in force right now -- in Lake county, Florida. I've rarely seen them this bad. Layers of them covered parts of my parents' home, especially around the windows.

The morning after, we had to hose the carcasses off. Quite horrific.

Fortunately, though they're often called "blind mosquitos" by locals, these aren't biting mosquitos. Just a nuisance.

After doing some research online, I've figured out this was Glyptotendipes paripes. Turns out there's been a bit of research regarding this bug; one specific project in 2002 actually using Lake Dora (right next to my parents' home) as one of the three sample pools. In that 2002 study, the authors noted that Lake Dora populations had diminished. Well, they're baaaaaaack! http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ali/aali_117.pdf

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I found one stretch of canal-side foliage dominated by Carolina green anoles. The rest of the area? Cuban brown anoles all the way. Heh. At least the Carolina greens have been allotted their one little swatch of Clark Slough.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Cuban brown anole Anolis sagrei ssp. sagrei

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I need to be more proactively assertive in posting Cuban brown anole observations in Florida (and in Georgia). A non-native species to the United States, Anolis sagrei sagrei has made an impressive march up the Floridian peninsula.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Cuban brown anole Anolis sagrei ssp. sagrei

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I was momentarily distracted in tracking a southern black racer by this Cuban brown anole. The photograph doesn't do it justice. This was one big and beautiful Cuban brown anole!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Southern Black Racer Coluber constrictor ssp. priapus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

On the snake front, my little Merritt Island / Cape Canaveral excursion on 31 March 2012 was almost a bust. I'd missed a dusky pigmy rattler earlier in the day and nearly missed this southern black racer entirely. I couldn't get decent photographs of the dude, much less get my hands on it. Still, I was happy to have at least gotten these. This snake was *active*!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A mid-sized American alligator patiently water-basking in a canal off of Marsh Bay Creek in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Anyone know what that aquatic growth is called?

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin) Panoquina panoquin

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This little skipper was fluttering about the southern end of L. Pond road near Marsh Bay Creek at Merritt Island. I've seen many over the years, but rarely get decent photographs for one reason or another.

Thanks to cyric for helping tag the formal identification!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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crabs, shrimp & lobsters Order Decapoda

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This little crab actually hung back long enough for me to snag a quick photo -- and then promptly disappeared into its burrow.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Caracol de cuerno Cerithidea scalariformis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This little gastropods were swarming the drying mudflats at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Hundreds of them... crawling around each little pool of water.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I almost feel foolish posting observations of american alligators because they're as ubiquitous in central Florida as spanish moss and tacky flamingo lawn ornaments. Still, this was a cool individual and it deserves representation!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A slightly cleaner shot than the early-morning shot, but this still quite shabby a composition. So it goes. Regardless of photographic integrity and bedazzlement, let it be known that I witnessed this red-winged blackbird screaming in Cape Canaveral National Seashore!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

These three photographs represent two individuals observed along the same stretch just south of Clark Slough and west of Mosquito Lagoon in Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Early morning light and a couple of black-necked stilts near Peacocks Pocket in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (in central Florida). I do adore the stilts.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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American White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A white ibis flanked by a glossy ibis and a tricolored heron. A powerfully graceful threesome, if you ask me.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A rather large and graceful tricolored heron at Cape Canaveral National Seashore earlier today.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Ah, the glossy ibis. I saw several of them while approaching Clark Slough on the edge of Mosquito Lagoon today (both a part of Cape Canaveral National Seashore).

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This wee bird was observed near Mosquito Lagoon in the Cape Canaveral National Seashore area just north of NASA.

Thanks to naturecadet for identification assistance!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

The American white pelicans at Merritt Island never seem to cooperate for me, my Nikon, and my fiscally-constrained lens budget. Seems I only get hazy long-distance shots of them. Unlike their brown pelican cousins, they rarely bunker down where you can close-access to them. At least not from a road or a trail...

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

For as many red-winged blackbirds as I've seen in and around Peacocks Pocket and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in central Florida, I sure don't have very many decent photographs to show for them... I snagged a better one later in the day elsewhere in the refuge, but I wanted to represent this one along the edge of Peacocks Pocket. This species is extremely active at and throughout Merritt Island.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

If Turkey vultures are normally seen circling over carrion, then central Florida is a giant all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of rotting meat. There's always a turkey vulture somewhere over your head in central Florida... Heh. Love em.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Yes, there are many species in this photograph. I'm tagging it for the black-necked stilt, however -- the lanky birds in the foreground with the bright, pinkish legs and black/white plumage. Why? Because I had to pick one and, hey, black-necked stilts are cool.

Now: can *you* identify the other species? (Tricolor heron is too easy...)

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This is a motley horde (is that the technical term for "group of birds"?) of scaups. Most of them appear to be lesser scaups, but it does seem like a couple of greater scaups were thrown into the mix. Because of the greater population density of lesser scaups at Merritt Island and because most of these appear to be lessers (though some so appear to be greater), I'm tagging this as lesser scaup!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

A day at Merritt Island wouldn't be the same without at least eight-dozen american coots wading about. Heh. These rascals are everywhere -- always -- all the time. I'm amazed I saw two by themselves. At Merritt Island, they usually horde together like a small army of coots.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Courtesy the bird-champion, naturecadet, these are identified as female black-bellied plovers!

Merritt Island, doing what the birds there do best: pose mysteriously.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Quite a few northern shovelers were patrolling the waters around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge today. I have to admit, I don't know birds very well, but these shovelers are pretty damn awesome. Really fascinating.

- janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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