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Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria)

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rivermont

Date

June 1, 2022 02:28 PM EDT

Description

On Christmas Fern.

Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

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gwene

Date

July 24, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

Description

Found on Grandfather Mountain

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Hemlocks (Genus Tsuga)

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johnnybirder

Date

November 29, 2017 03:25 PM EST

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Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)

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rivermont

Date

April 16, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

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Phalaropes (Genus Phalaropus)

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tprop12

Date

May 2, 2022 07:17 PM EDT

Description

Flew off and sounded like willet I remember from beach but I am not positive that’s what they are.

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Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

Observer

lucas1068

Date

January 2022

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Weasels (Subfamily Mustelinae)

Observer

rivermont

Date

May 28, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

Description

Pair seen, ran right up to me at one point. Separated and were talking to each other across the path in chirps.

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Perching Birds (Order Passeriformes)

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gernotkunz

Date

July 4, 2019 10:58 PM CEST

Description

true birdquiz

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Mallard × Mottled Duck (Anas platyrhynchos × fulvigula)

Observer

rivermont

Date

January 23, 2021 11:02 AM EST

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Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Observer

rivermont

Date

January 1, 2022 01:59 PM EST

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Redbreast Sunfish × Pumpkinseed (Lepomis auritus × gibbosus)

Observer

koaw

Date

September 20, 2021 06:59 PM EDT

Description

9.7 cm TL. I believe I finally found one: Lepomis gibbosus x Lepomis auritus (pumpkinseed x redbreast sunfish.)

Lepomids in drainage: Pumpkinseed, redbreast, warmouth, green, bluegill and redear.

The solid red patch on the ear flap and somewhat pointy pectoral fin must be explained by a redear or pumpkinseed.

The dark mottling pattern in the median fins, especially the dorsal fins, is only explained by a pumpkinseed or warmouth.

Pumpkinseed makes further sense with the orange/brown spot pattern on the body and the faded blue streaking on the head (photo #5); that head streaking is also only explained by a pumpkinseed. It’s safe to assume a pumpkinseed is one of the parent species.

The moderately-sized mouth must be explained by the redbreast, green or warmouth. A warmouth cannot be the parent as the orange rays of the median fins are not explained by the pumpkinseed parent and are not explained by a warmouth. And no other warmouth features appear on this specimen.

It’s more difficult to eliminate a green or a redbreast from possibility. The opercular flap’s size and coloration appears with little intermediacy, mostly resembling the pumpkinseed in this area even with the lack of white edging on the top margin. The length of the opercular flap isn’t a significant tell as many redbreast of this size don’t yet show lengthy flaps.

The length of the pectoral fin almost extends to the anterior margin of the eye. Assuming even intermediacy, this is better explained by a redbreast parent than a green. Likewise, the maxilla of the jaw structure only extends just past the anterior margin of the eye—better explained by even intermediacy with a redbreast than a green.

Three features on this specimen common to the redbreast of this area: 1. The dark line of blotching on the proximal portion of the 2d dorsal fin (photo #2.) 2. The two clean blue lines extending into each margin of the opercular flap (photo #7.) 3. The specks of blue iridescence popping up in the anal fin rays (photo #3), though this occurs in pumpkinseed as well.

Finally, with most all green x pumpkinseed hybrids the lateral pattern is much different. In this specimen, the orderly orange/brown spotting along the body seems ideal for a pumpkinseed x redbreast, both of which express orange/brown spotting along the body. Also what is quite common on any green hybrid is more opaque white seen on the margins of the median fins and pelvic fins; here we have mostly clear margins (photo #4), expressed by both pumpkinseed and redbreast. The gill rakers (photo #6) appear very redbreast-like, perhaps a bit shorter, which makes sense with a pumpkinseed parent.

Caught in a turbid creek in a shallow pool. Released after photos.

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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Observer

ashley_bradford

Date

January 1, 2016 04:54 PM EST

Description

This smallish alligator swam up with the duck already captured, tried for 20 minutes to toss it back, and in the end swam away with it still gripped in its jaws. It was a Blue-winged Teal. It swam up at 4:54 pm, and swam away at 5:15.

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Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major)

Observer

izokait

Date

June 22, 2019 05:08 PM EDT

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Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)

Observer

josiah

Date

April 13, 2021 03:15 PM CDT

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Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Observer

rickiewhite

Date

March 31, 2021 07:21 PM EDT

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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Observer

bradleysaul

Date

May 2016

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Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis ssp. hyemalis)

Observer

astrobirder

Date

March 26, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

Description

they have developed warfare

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White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

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patricialorenz

Date

June 20, 2020 05:37 PM +08

Description

rather comical positioning :P

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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

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tom15

Date

December 5, 2015 10:28 AM EST

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Eastern Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus ssp. zibethicus)

Observer

dongminsung

Date

April 17, 2017 12:20 PM EDT

Description

Confirm?

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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Observer

jnstuart

Date

November 20, 2020 04:05 PM MST

Description

This roadrunner was at a bird feeder at Sandia Crest (~10,678 feet elevation!) and was first observed lying flat in the seed tray of the feeder. After it was disturbed by me and left, a few Mountain Chickadees arrived at the feeder. When I returned to the spot sometime later, the roadrunner was back in the feeder tray and then was observed on the ground under the feeder swallowing a bird -- perhaps a chickadee it had caught. Unfortunately I missed the actual capture of the prey bird.

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Observer

ryanj85

Date

July 17, 2015 12:19 PM CDT

Description

Green Heron with leucism/albinism.

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Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)

Observer

taralapu

Date

June 24, 2020 02:20 PM SAST

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Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Observer

taralapu

Date

May 25, 2020 06:08 PM SAST

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Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

Observer

karakaxa

Date

May 17, 2020 02:15 PM +03

Description

Found this melanin deficient fledgling crow right under an active nest along with a set of tertials from another melanin deficient fledgling from the same nest. Seems like the entire brood wasn't fed all that well.

The parents and their remaining live fledglings were surely not amused, i'm probably a target now :')

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Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes medius)

Observer

karakaxa

Date

July 9, 2020 09:15 AM +03

Description

Kill site. Feathers were cleaned and fixed

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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Observer

bogwalker

Date

August 11, 2020 10:54 AM CDT

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

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sheliahargis

Date

October 21, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Not sure what is going on but this is the fourth birder that I know of who has had a phoebe perch on their binoculars or on their person at Commons Ford.

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Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

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bwood708

Date

July 8, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

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sam727

Date

April 12, 2020 08:40 AM CDT

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Mock Strawberry (Potentilla indica)

Date

April 9, 2020 05:10 PM CEST

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Observer

thequirkyquail

Date

May 20, 2011 07:08 AM EDT

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Common Bladder Moss (Physcomitrium pyriforme)

Observer

rivermont

Date

March 16, 2020 02:59 PM EDT

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as_is_the_sea

Date

January 18, 2020 03:13 PM EST

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jishenwang

Date

March 15, 2020 02:20 PM CST

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Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Observer

phylogenomics

Date

February 6, 2020 08:09 AM PST

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)

Observer

rivermont

Date

December 29, 2019 01:14 PM EST

Description

ML198810301

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)

Observer

rivermont

Date

March 2020

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Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Observer

rivermont

Date

March 3, 2020 04:23 PM EST