A Northern Watersnake at Burlingame MA.
A male Boat-tailed Grackle at the Charlestown Breachway. A rare vagrant to RI. Besides the clear size difference, it did vocalize a bit to confirm the ID.
Photo 1: Boat-tailed Grackle (left) with a Common Grackle
Photo 2: Boat-tailed Grackle (left), Common Grackle (middle) and Red-winged Blackbird (right)
Photo 3: Common Grackle (left) and Boat-tailed Grackle (right)
Dwarf Ginseng at Burlingame Management Area.
There were thousands of American Toad tadpoles in the pond at Burlingame Management Area.
A male Hooded Warbler at Burlingame Management Area.
A Bumble Flower Beetle at Burlingame Management Area.
A Blister Beetle, Lytta aenea, at Burlingame Management Area.
A White-M Hairstreak at Burlingame Management Area. Could see the blue dorsal side as it was flying away. On the RI state Natural Heritage List.
A Harvester at Burlingame Management Area.
A Black-throated Green Warbler at Burlingame Management Area.
A Juvenal's Duskywing at Burlingame Management Area.
A Winter Firefly in the trail among the pines at East Beach.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pines along East Beach.
A pair of White-winged Scoters off East Beach.
A group of Red Crossbills at East Beach in Charlestown RI.
A mated pair of Broad-headed Bugs, Alydus eurinus, at Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve.
A young female Gray Seal (named Spooner) that was released by Mystic Aquarium at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI. She was picked up March 7th near Breakwater Village in Point Judith with infected wounds and a damaged tooth.
A Swamp Darner at a dried up vernal pool in Kettle Pond NWR.
The Bee-like Robber Fly, Laphria grossa, resting briefly on some Common Tansy at Kettle Pond NWR.
A Banded Longhorn Flower Beetle on some Common Tansy at Kettle Pond NWR.
A couple of Calidris Sandpipers in the Ninigret Tidal Flats. To the left is a Least Sandpiper for scale. Had better scope views than what's in this photo. The all dark, straight bill with no streaking on the flanks and a buffy breastband distinguishes it from a White-rumped. Not common, but occasional visitors to the area.
After some discussion the photos are insufficient to get a positive ID, likely either a Baird's or a Sanderling. Sanderlings are certainly more common in this area.
One of several Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows in the salt marsh area of Potter Pond.
We saw hundreds of young American Toads this day, but we saw only this one Wood Frog, with its distinctive eye mask.
A Painted Skimmer at Burlingame MA.
A Veery with an insect at Burlingame MA. It has one of my favorite calls.
A Predaceous Diving Beetle (Acilius mediatus) in a large puddle along Schoolhouse Pond Trail.
One of many Six Spotted Green Tiger Beetles along Schoolhouse Pond Trail.
One of the Net-winged Beetles, Caenia dimidiata. When I was taking the photo I thought this was a Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth. There is a spider crawling under its wings.
A Gold-and-brown Rove Beetle on some scat in Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve. It was almost an inch long and was lifting its yellow tipped abdomen in the air. There were about 6 American Carrion Beetles and a Duskywing also on the same pile of scat.