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Spiny Lizards Genus Sceloporus

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jonathan

Date

July 26, 2010

Description

A large lizard (around 10 inches) found on tree trunk outside of Copeland Soldier Service Center. Very fast and wary when I approached.

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Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 11, 2010

Description

Feeding by edge of small pond south of Al Faw Palace

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Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 12, 2010

Description

Pair of Red-wattled Lapwings with one chick by Al Faw Palace

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Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 11, 2010

Description

Fledgling and adult Hypocolius in tree near canal.

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Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

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jonathan

Date

June 11, 2010

Description

Two Eurasian Collared Doves at Victory Base, Baghdad

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Crested Lark Galerida cristata

Observer

jonathan

Date

May 1, 2010

Description

Crested Lark feeding in parking lot

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Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos

Observer

jonathan

Date

April 29, 2010

Description

Found near blackledge river.

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Bitterweed Helenium amarum

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 24, 2010

Description

Yellow compositae growing in the sand at Gulfport Airport

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jonathan

Date

September 25, 2010

Description

Cocoons of parasitoid Braconid wasp Cotesia congregata on a late instar Tobacco Hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta) on a tomato plant

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 27, 2010

Description

Several Males in area

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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jonathan

Date

June 27, 2010

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striped skunk Mephitis mephitis

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 12, 2010

Description

Skunk raiding the campsite

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Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

Observer

jonathan

Date

March 7, 2010

Description

Hundreds of coot overwintered at one of the drainage ponds on base. Numbers were often between 300-500 birds present.

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jonathan

Date

March 6, 2010

Description

These annuals grow everywhere on base during the winter/early spring, especially in ditches where water collects after a rain. The plants reach around 18 inches in height. I found many butterflies and other insects nectaring on the flowers and Painted Lady caterpillars seemed to like the leaves. Need help with the species.

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Dusky Salamander Desmognathus fuscus

Observer

jonathan

Date

August 19, 2010

Place

Roberts Road, Marlborough, ct (Google, OSM)

Description

Under rock next to stream

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Five-fingered Fern Adiantum pedatum

Observer

jonathan

Date

September 7, 2010

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Death's-head Sphinx Moth Acherontia styx

Observer

jonathan

Date

April 17, 2010

Description

Found near street light. Very large impressive moth. This is the moth in the movie Silence of the Lambs.

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Christmas fern Polystichum acrostichoides

Observer

jonathan

Date

August 17, 2010

Description

Most common fern on my property

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Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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jonathan

Date

August 17, 2010

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Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 10, 2010

Description

Wood Pigeon nesting in Mulberry Tree on base.

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Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 4, 2010

Description

Indian Roller sitting on south perimeter fenceline

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caper bush Capparis spinosa

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 29, 2010

Description

Caper Bush growing in barren lot on base. A new set of flowers would bloom each night.

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Genus Cicadatra Genus Cicadatra

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 20, 2010

Description

Found several dozen medium sized green cicadas with blue eyes on a eucalyptus tree approximately 2 AM. multiple holes in ground near base of tree where cicadas emerged.

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jonathan

Date

June 20, 2010

Description

New fleshy seedpods on Syrian Mesquite plants. A common plant in dry waste areas in central iraq.

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Camel's Thorn Alhagi graecorum

Observer

jonathan

Date

July 10, 2010

Description

Small, very spiky legume shrub approx 12-18 inches high, seen growing commonly in waste and disturbed areas in central iraq. Small red flowers earlier in the season, later developing pods

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Desert Ant Genus Cataglyphis

Observer

jonathan

Date

March 6, 2010

Description

Large colony of Desert Ants (Cataglyphis sp.) living under a large paving stone outside building on base. Also present were some small commensal silverfish which seemed to be living in the piles of waste and insect parts discarded from the nest. The ants were very aggressive and fast moving. Long legs adapted for very hot environment. Air temp in summer up to 127 F ambient with ground temp likely higher at surface.

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Euphrates Poplar Populus euphratica

Observer

jonathan

Date

March 7, 2010

Description

Small tree about 3 meters high with bright red catkins and some leaves. Tigris River is approximately 1 km away and larger trees are found on the banks and islands of the river.

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Marsh Frog Pelophylax ridibundus

Observer

jonathan

Date

June 21, 2010

Description

Many froglets found under large rocks and debris on edge of drainage pond. Also large numbers on waters edge fleeing into water when approached. Daytime temperature approximately 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Pond experienced significant drying (around 50%) since spring. Adult Frogs rest on large algal mats to call in late winter/early spring.

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Lemon-Yellow Tree Frog Hyla savignyi

Observer

jonathan

Date

May 19, 2010

Description

Tree frog found in a latrine on Joint Base Balad near Al Bakr, Iraq. Frog released in nearby retention pond. Cleaning truck most likely sucked frog up from pond while taking in water. Large numbers of frogs could be heard calling in irrigation ditches surrounding the base during early spring.

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