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Poison Ivy Toxicodendron radicans

Date

May 16, 2015 03:48 PM EDT

Description

Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) leaves project from a tree trunk in the woods at Blue Cut Nature Center between Newark and Lyons, New York. Note the center leaflet has a longer stem. Clusters of flower buds grow from the leaf axils where they attach to the branch at lower right. Skylight, filtering through "holes" in the canopy, illuminates the plant from above. I used a telephoto lens to keep a safe distance on this overcast spring day. (resolution reduced for web use)

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Date

May 16, 2015 03:48 PM EDT

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(for some reason the autofocus picked up the background)

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Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum

Date

May 16, 2015 03:42 PM EDT

Description

Blue Cut Nature Center is between Newark and Lyons in Wayne County, NY. We were mainly hiking and birding, so I didn't carry a tripod. The overcast day and forest canopy shade made for a shutter speed that was too slow for my hand-held snapshot.

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American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Date

May 19, 2015 10:06 AM EDT

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Date

May 19, 2015 10:08 AM EDT

Description

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus, syn. Bufo a.) on the old railroad trestle over Flint Creek, now part of the Ontario Pathways railtrail west of Phelps, New York (in the northern Finger Lakes region). Identification based on parotid glands separated from ridges behind the eyes (right one has a weak spur connecting it) and one or two warts in each large dark spot. For use in iNaturalist's Great Nature Project. (resolution reduced for easier web use)

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Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa

Date

July 24, 2009 09:05 AM EDT

Description

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah, NY; documentary shot [resolution reduced for web use] file name: Bergamot_MAC_©DaveSpier_D059892flickr

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Date

June 1, 2014 07:30 AM EDT

Description

White-eyed Vireos (Vireo griseus) have been expanding their range northward. This one was banded during the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage (Allegany State Park, NY) on the morning of Sunday, June 1, 2014. The Pilgrimage is always the first weekend after Memorial Day. eBird checklist at ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18650828 More info at www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-eyed_vireo/id -- Photo number: D085972 (cropped, plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request)

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Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Date

February 20, 2012 11:51 AM EST

Description

American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes) and Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) at the edge of the saltmarsh on the bay side of Assateague Island National Seashore, MD on Feb. 20, 2012; photo number: D076095 (cropped, plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request).

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American Black Duck Anas rubripes

Date

February 20, 2012 11:51 AM EST

Description

American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes) and Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) at the edge of the saltmarsh on the bay side of Assateague Island National Seashore, MD on Feb. 20, 2012; photo number: D076095 (cropped, plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request).

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Date

February 16, 2010 10:56 AM EST

Description

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) perched next to Rosa Green Rd. near Awendaw Creek, Charleston County, SC, 10:56 am, 2/16/10; Photo number: D064352 (cropped to 1290 pixels wide, then resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request).

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Date

February 26, 2012 02:41 PM EST

Description

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD; photo number: D076686 (slightly cropped plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request); submitted to the Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group.

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Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia

Date

February 26, 2012 11:39 AM EST

Description

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) prefers the moist, acidic soil next to the cypress swamp near Shad Landing, part of the Pocomoke River State Park, Worcester County, MD. Kalmia is naturally found from southern Maine almost to Louisiana; Photo number: D076679 (uncropped but resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request); submitted to the Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group.

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Date

February 25, 2012 11:37 AM EST

Description

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) over Route 611 between Winding Creek and Rt. 376, Berlin, MD; photo number: D076646 (cropped, plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request). Another photo taken at same time used in eBird checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S10071327

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Atlantic Horseshoe Crab Limulus polyphemus

Date

November 23, 2010 09:45 AM EST

Description

male Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD, 11/23/10; note the book gills on the opisthosoma [abdomen] between the tail and legs. The mouth is the dark opening between the rear legs. The chelicerae are the two small pincer-appendages between the front legs. The front legs are different from the next three pairs, indicating a male. Not a real crab, or even a crustacean, it's more closely related to spiders and arachnids, but has its own Class, the Merostomata. The genus dates to the Triassic, roughly 230 mya +/- 18 m (think early Age of Dinosaurs). Photo number: D071815 (uncropped, but resolution is reduced for faster web use; 10 MP original available by request).

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Red Maple Acer rubrum

Date

February 22, 2012 10:05 AM EST

Description

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) flower buds opening on Assateague Island National Seashore, MD; note the Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata); main photo number: D076130 (cropped and resolution reduced for web use)

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Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Date

February 22, 2012 10:05 AM EST

Description

Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) in a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) tree on Assateague Island National Seashore, MD; species info at www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Orange-crowned_Warbler/id - photo number: D076131 (cropped)

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Domestic Horse Equus caballus

Date

May 12, 1986

Description

Wild Pony, a.k.a. domestic horse (Equus caballus, syn. Equus ferus caballus) on Assateague Island National Seashore, MD, on the evening of May 12, 1986, as seen from inside our vehicle. We were camping at the state park, but probably driving around at that moment; indicated location is only a rough guess. Photo number: 0660-14 (low-resolution scan of a Kodachrome 64 slide) submitted to the Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group.

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Sanderling Calidris alba

Date

November 20, 2010 04:02 PM EST

Description

Sanderling (Calidris alba) on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD; photo number D071287 (cropped and resolution reduced for faster web use; time corrected for EST - camera still be set to EDT); species info at www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sanderling/id

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Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Date

February 21, 2012 04:13 PM EST

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male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD, part of its normal winter range, on Feb. 21, 2012; Photo number: D076122 (cropped); species info at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Pintail/id

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European Green Crab Carcinus maenas

Date

November 22, 2010 12:09 PM EST

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Maryland Biodiversity Project: This female Green Crab (Carcinus maenas), with its orange thoracic segments and abdomen underneath, was found on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD, as it expands south from its previous introduced range which stopped in New Jersey. The carapace has five marginal teeth, and the rear legs are flattened, but not paddle-shaped. Photos D071444-D071446 are uncropped, but resolution is reduced for faster web use; original available by request.

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Lady Crab Ovalipes ocellatus

Date

November 22, 2010 09:30 AM EST

Description

The Lady [Calico] Crab (Ovalipes ocellatus) carapace is slightly wider than long and has five marginal teeth laterally to the side of each eye. Found on the beach at Assateague National Seashore, MD, 11/22/10... Photo name: Crab,Lady_Assateague,MD_©DaveSpier_D071438f [slightly cropped and resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request]

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Atlantic Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus

Date

April 22, 1976

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Blue Crabs (Callinectes sapidus) collected from a creek in the Berlin-Assateague area of Worcester County, MD (Ayers Creek is just a guess). Photo filename: Crabs,Blue_MD_4-22-76_©DaveSpier_0051KR-27N [scanned from a Kodachrome 64 slide] Submitted to the Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group.

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Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus

Date

April 29, 2011 04:48 PM EDT

Description

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) at the Montezuma Audubon Center, north of Savannah, NY, 2011-04-29. More info www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/pine_warbler/id Photo name: Warbler,Pine_MAC_©DaveSpier_D072658f

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Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Date

April 26, 2010 10:27 AM EDT

Description

male Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) at the Life of the Marsh Trail parking lot (Bayside area) at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD. More info at www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown-headed_cowbird/id Photo # D065927f [cropped and resolution reduced for web use]. Added to Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group, even though they have enough birds now.

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Hares and Rabbits Family Leporidae

Date

April 26, 2010 08:05 AM EDT

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ID help requested: obviously a rabbit, probably Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), but possibly New England Cottontail (S. transitionalis) or even European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) which also occur in Maryland. Seen in the Oceanside Campground area at Assateague Island National Seashore. Photo ref.: D066011f (cropped and resolution reduced for web use)

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Atlantic Ghost Crab Ocypode quadrata

Date

April 26, 2010 06:15 AM EDT

Description

Atlantic Ghost [Sand] Crab (Ocypode quadrata), a sand-colored crab with white claws, burrows on upper beaches. It's normally found out of the water, but occasionally runs into the surf edge to wet its gills and forage for bits of food. If left in water, it will drown. Photo numbers D065802 and D065805 are uncropped but resolution is reduced for web use. Submitted to the Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group.

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Saltmeadow Cordgrass Sporobolus pumilus

Date

April 26, 2010 09:30 AM EDT

Description

Saltmeadow Cordgrass, or Salt Hay Grass (Spartina patens) grows beside the Life of the Forest Nature Trail where the boardwalk passes the upper saltmarsh on Assateague Island National Seashore, MD. From the sign at this location: "The soft, slender grass, also called saltmeadow hay...shelters small mammals and nesting shorebirds under a swirling, 'cowlick' mat of several years growth. ...Meadow voles often hide...to escape the northern harrier." The sign lacks a species ID, but that can be found in the Life of the Marsh Nature Trail guide, as well as guide books to coastal plants. This grass can be found from Quebec to Florida where it occupies the higher elevations of tidal saltmarshes. It has extremely slender leaves and stems compared to Smooth Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), found at lower [wetter] elevations, and Saltgrass, a.k.a. Spikegrass (Distichlis spicata) that shares the same [drier] zone with Salt Hay. Photo # D065818f [uncropped, but resolution reduced for web use]

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American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Date

April 25, 2010 07:14 PM EDT

Description

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD. For species information, see www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_oystercatcher/id Photo filename: Oystercatcher_Assateague,MD_©DaveSpier_D065917flickr [cropped] to be added to the Maryland Biodiversity Project.

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Southeastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum ssp. subrubrum

Date

April 26, 2010 09:20 AM EDT

Description

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) on the Life of the Forest Trail at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD. Dark shells lacking a pattern are often an indication of older turtles. Added to Maryland Biodiversity Project through their flickr group. (photo refs: Turtle,E-Box_Assateag,MD_©DaveSpier_D065809 to D065811, slightly cropped and resolution reduced for web use)

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Moose Alces alces

Date

August 11, 2004 04:51 PM EDT

Description

A young bull moose, (Alces alces americana, syn. Alces americana), crosses a dirt road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. photo filenames: Moose-bull_WhiteMtns.,NH_©DaveSpier_D000976p & D000975 [6 MP original, uncropped, but resolution reduced for web use]

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