|White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis|
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|English lavender(?), Lavandula angustifolia|
Monday, November 26, 2012
|Australian Brush-turkey, Alectura lathami|
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
|Wild Turkey(s), Meleagris gallopavo|
The wild turkey is widespread in part thanks to introduction into previously uninhabited areas, of which include Hawaii, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. One reason for this introduction process is the popularity of this species as a game bird. As such, they are not legally protected and current estimates put the population as increasing. Wild turkeys prefer mature open woodlands, particularly oak and pine forests, and are more attracted to areas recently burned which results in desired food plants increasing. While the typical lifespan of a wild turkey is close to two years, there are records of wild turkeys living more than a decade. Typical predators include, but are not limited to: humans, coyotes, fox, opossum, skunks, mink, weasels, raven, crow, squirrels, chipmunks, and various snake species.
Monday, November 19, 2012
|Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus|
Photography credit to my brother once more.
Friday, November 16, 2012
|Sunset on a river of the Adirondacks Mountains|
As mentioned earlier, credit for the photos of the Adirondacks this year go mainly to my brother.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|Leafhopper Assassin Bug, Zelus rendarii|
The Leafhopper Assassin Bug, a true bug, only measures 1/2 inches long (compared to the much larger Wheel Bug). It can often be found in cotton fields feeding on anything, but preferring the soft-bodied insects. The front legs contain a sticky substance which is used to catch prey. The strong beak is then used to pierce the prey, inject digestive enzymes, and finally suck out the insides. The nymphs go through five different molting stages, but have no wings. The adults are what you find for those overwintering, and while they have wings, they are poor fliers. The leafhopper assassin bug is found more along the central southern United States and the west coast. As with other assassin bugs, these are considered beneficial as they feed on insects such as mosquitoes, weevils, and caterpillars.
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Eastern American Toad, Bufo a. americanus|
The Eastern American Toad lives in wide variety of habitats from wetlands to forests, to lawns and fields. Unlike some other Anura, this species does live near permanent or ephemeral ponds. This particular species is easily confused for the Fowler's Toad, but can be distinguished by the spots on its belly and the number of warts per spot on its back. Compared to other "toads", the Eastern American Toad is within the family Bufonidae, known as the true toads family, in that all members of this family have gained the common name of toad. While the word toad is often used as a description for any member of the order Anura that is rough skinned and terrestrial, they are not all, in fact, toads, nor are toads recognized as a separate classification.
Another thank you to my brother for capturing this beauty. He blends in well with the autumn leaves!
Friday, November 9, 2012
|Tree cut by North American Beaver, Castor canadensis|
A great comment was made by Harmon Everett on my last post about the impact beavers had on North American History. I highly suggest you take a look over on Google+!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|Dam of North American Beaver(s), Castor canadensis|
A special thanks to my brother, who took pictures while in the Adirondacks Mountains this year, using my camera, that I didn't even remember having with me. For the next week or so, the other photos related to the mountains will most likely be his.
Monday, November 5, 2012
|Black Vulture(s), Coragyps atratus|