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Common Sunburst Lichen Xanthoria parietina

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anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 05:14 PM EDT

Description

On an island in Helsinki Harbor. Xanthoria aureola? see https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0953756208613957

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Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies Order Neuroptera

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 05:10 PM EDT

Description

on a yarrow flower head

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Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 05:10 PM EDT

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Hoary Alyssum Berteroa incana

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 05:07 PM EDT

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White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Observer

anita363

Date

June 21, 2019 01:27 PM EDT

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European Herring Gull (Argentatus) Larus argentatus ssp. argentatus

Observer

anita363

Date

June 21, 2019 09:35 PM EDT

Description

Adult summer plumage; Tallinn, Estonia

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Common Merganser Mergus merganser

Observer

anita363

Date

June 22, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

Description

She had an adorable fluffy chick in tow, but I didn't manage to get any decent shots. This was at a reflecting pond in an urban park.

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Common Gull Larus canus ssp. canus

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 01:56 PM EDT

Description

Common Gull, Larus canus canus. The middle one is banded (ringed); might have had a field band on the other leg, but nothing came out readable.

Was hoping for some pelagics as well, but the open Baltic turned out to be a bird desert. We did get a nice gull escort once we got into Helsinki harbor.

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Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 04:55 PM EDT

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Baltic Gull Larus fuscus ssp. fuscus

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 04:36 PM EDT

Description

Charcoal mantle consistently slightly lighter than black wingtips here in Helsinki. I believe these are still supposed to be Baltic Gull, L. fuscus fuscus.

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Warty-Cabbage Bunias orientalis

Observer

anita363

Date

June 23, 2019 05:12 PM EDT

Description

An invasive nonnative, originally from the Black Sea steppe and inadvertently imported along with provisions by the Russian military when they controlled Finland, 1808–1917. It is particularly common in areas that once housed Russian troops, such as this island fortress.

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Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Observer

anita363

Date

June 21, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

Description

female or immature male; Cēsis Castle, Latvia

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Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros

Observer

anita363

Date

June 21, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

Description

This butterfly had wandered in a open doorway at Cēsis Castle, Latvia. I managed to herd it back outside after its photo shoot.

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Deer Ked Lipoptena cervi

Observer

anita363

Date

June 21, 2019 01:09 PM EDT

Description

Tiny (2.8 mm). Found crawling on my shirt after a brief walk in the Latvian countryside. I don't even know what order this thing is in.

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anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 02:49 PM EDT

Description

found on the bus, rural Latvia

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Fireweed Chamaenerion angustifolium

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 07:30 PM EDT

Description

A Holarctic pioneer species familiar from North America, growing in an old cobbled urban courtyard.

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Goose-Tansy Argentina anserina

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 01:00 PM EDT

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Amanda's Blue Polyommatus amandus

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 01:05 PM EDT

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Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

Description

greenhouse next to a farm pond, Līgatne, Latvia

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Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

Description

teneral male; farm pond, Līgatne, Latvia

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Goutweed Aegopodium podagraria

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

Description

Līgatne, Latvia

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Common Daisy Bellis perennis

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

Description

Līgatne, Latvia

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Mosses Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

Description

maybe Brachythecium?

This corrugated fibro roofing material, made of a thin layer of asbestos-reinforced cement and mostly dating to Soviet times, seemed to be ubiquitous in the Baltics & Russia. This particular example has been around long enough to accumulate a rich ecosystem. Plants inlcude a moss (unidentified; maybe Brachythecium?) and two different stonecrops (Sedum album, large reddish; Sedum sexangulare(?), small bright green).

Asbestos-containing materials may or may not release harmful asbestos fibers into the environment as they degrade, depending on the microscopic pattern of breakdown. Often, the matrix (in this case, Portland cement) will adhere to the fibers, continuing to encapsulate them and render them innocuous. So this might not be as bad as it looks. But, admittedly, it doesn't look good.

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White Stonecrop Sedum album

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

Description

This corrugated fibro roofing material, made of a thin layer of asbestos-reinforced cement and mostly dating to Soviet times, seemed to be ubiquitous in the Baltics & Russia. This particular example has been around long enough to accumulate a rich ecosystem. Plants inlcude a moss (unidentified; maybe Brachythecium?) and two different stonecrops (Sedum album, large reddish; Sedum sexangulare(?), small bright green).

Asbestos-containing materials may or may not release harmful asbestos fibers into the environment as they degrade, depending on the microscopic pattern of breakdown. Often, the matrix (in this case, Portland cement) will adhere to the fibers, continuing to encapsulate them and render them innocuous. So this might not be as bad as it looks. But, admittedly, it doesn't look good.

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Tasteless Stonecrop Sedum sexangulare

Observer

anita363

Date

June 20, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

Description

This corrugated fibro roofing material, made of a thin layer of asbestos-reinforced cement and mostly dating to Soviet times, seemed to be ubiquitous in the Baltics & Russia. This particular example has been around long enough to accumulate a rich ecosystem. Plants inlcude a moss (unidentified; maybe Brachythecium?) and two different stonecrops (Sedum album, large reddish; Sedum sexangulare(?), small bright green).

Asbestos-containing materials may or may not release harmful asbestos fibers into the environment as they degrade, depending on the microscopic pattern of breakdown. Often, the matrix (in this case, Portland cement) will adhere to the fibers, continuing to encapsulate them and render them innocuous. So this might not be as bad as it looks. But, admittedly, it doesn't look good.

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