An early Green Heron at the RISD Beach in Barrington, RI.
A Northern Rough-winged Swallow at the RISD Beach in Barrington, RI.
A pair of Wood Ducks in Roger Williams Park.
AMWI males and females amongst a small group of Mallards, in the cove off of City Park.
A Carolina Wren in the yard.
A female (~16 mm) Black Lace-weaver Spider. Found it crawling in my basement.
Some Norway Rats on the breakwater at Salter's Grove. They are attracted to cat food left out for the resident feral cats.
Herring Gull feeding on a Mantis Shrimp at Salter's Grove..
White-breasted Nuthatch in the backyard.
An Oak Beauty on the screen door.
A banded Ring-billed Gull at Apponaug Cove in Warwick, RI. I reported it and will update when I get the report back.
It's an adult female (2010 or earlier) and was initially tagged in Clinton, MA on 1/15/2013. It was subsequently spotted in Hudson, MA on 1/20/2013.
A male Barrow's Goldeneye in a group of Common Goldeneyes.
A Variegated Lady Beetle at Rocky Point Park. Introduced.
Ipswich Savannah Sparrow in Barrington, RI.
Playing with a fake Canadian Goose
A juvenile Ruff in Barrington, RI. Very rare for RI, this individual has been around for several days and has attracted quite a bit of attention (although not as much as the Wood Sandpiper http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135593 that has been hanging around in Jamestown, RI). Not great photos, but had a good view of it.
A parasitized Tobacco Hornworm (the larva of a Carolina Sphinx Moth) on a shriveled tomato plant leaf from the garden.
Dug up this Broad-necked Root Borer larva while turning over the garden. It was about 3 inches (even longer when extended).
A male Broad-necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis) on the trunk of a Black Oak in the yard.
I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what kind of caterpillar this is. It has a white line that runs down the center of its back. It also has what I would describe as eye markings that are blue and they run down both sides of it.
Every morning, they're at the back patio.
Due to recognizable markings, we've been able able to make note that in three-yrs, this particular Eastern Chipmunk has been the only chipmunk to reside in this area.
This flock does not migrate away during winter months. This year it seems like each parent-couple has had gaggles (I don't know what to call a "litter" of baby geese) twice the size of last year's litters. I have also noted that this year's goslings have matured much more rapidly when compared to last year's groups.
A male Eurasian Wigeon at Salter's Grove. These are pretty rare in RI, I'm only aware of one other reported sighting this year, which was back in January.
A Canada Goose on its nest with two eggs. Along the breakwater at Salter's Grove. Its nearby mate wasn't pleased by my presence.
A Great Horned Owl in Warwick City Park. A life bird for me.
The second photo is a followup sighting. It turns out there is a nesting pair with two owlets.
The third photo is of one of the owlets about 2.5 weeks later.
A dead Atlantic White-sided Dolphin that washed up on the beach at Apponaug Cove in Warwick, RI. This was my first call as a volunteer first responder for Mystic Aquarium.
I found out later that "Code 3" just means moderate decomposition and that Mystic did end up collecting it for educational purposes.
A Ring-billed Gull with leg bands and a wing tag on Oakland Beach in Warwick, RI.