Monthly Archives: March 2016

Duck, Duck, Goose

Female and male Mallard ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Anas platyrhynchos) along with a Canada Goose (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Branta canadensis). Photographed 03/25/2016 in an ephemeral pond near Clayton, Michigan. Advertisements

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Stopping by Ponds on a Sunny Evening

The other day on my way home from work I stopped at a nearby pond to find a number of Ring-necked Ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Aythya collaris), Canada Geese (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Branta canadensis), and Red-winged Blackbirds (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) hanging out around the water. The … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Half-Wing Moth

Winter has been gradually giving way to spring, and the other day I was greeted by this Half-Wing moth (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Phigalia titea) resting on my front door. These insects are found mostly near wooded areas of the eastern US, and adults … Continue reading

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That’s a Lot of Ducks

Today I stopped by a USFWS site near my home in southeast Michigan and found hundreds of ducks in the lake. This group appeared to be made up almost entirely of Ring-necked Ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Aythya collaris), Redheads (Aythya americana), Lesser Scaups … Continue reading

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Late Winter Wetland Walk

Back in January I took a stroll through the USFWS Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area near my home in southeast Michigan. Even in the midst of this relatively mild winter there was little to see aside from some persistent plants from last … Continue reading

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Obligatory St. Patrick’s Day Post

I’m not remotely Irish (mostly French and German) but I can always get behind a little cultural festivity. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few nature photos for the holiday courtesy of recent visits to Olympic National Park and Yellowstone … Continue reading

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Redwood National Park Revisited

Back in 2013 a friend and I made a quick trip through Redwood National Park in northwest California. Our visit here was too short, so last summer when my wife and I were in the area we made a point to spend … Continue reading

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