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July 4th Weekend 2013

Some pictures from the 4th of July Weekend. Many thanks to the good folks at Bug Guide for identifying the predatory Robber Fly.  (The insect dining on the bee in one of the photos.  Asilidae Proctacanthus rufus)   At first I … Continue reading

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Birds of Back Bay – Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Common Yellowthroat Warbler Scientific name: Geothlypis trichas Family: Parulidae The Common Yellowthroat is classified with at least 13 subspecies.  It is a common migrant from the tropics and may be the most widespread warbler in North America.  Its characteristics vary … Continue reading

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Easter Weekend 2013

A young rail – maybe second season – looking for a meal in the marsh.  It is rare that I see a Rail in the open.  They typically hide in the reeds and the dense brush – at least when I’m … Continue reading

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Ribbonsnake – March 10, 2013

The pictures above are of a young Eastern Ribbonsnake. (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) It was a pleasant surprise to see a Ribbon out so early in the season. The snake’s color appears muted and brown probably from hibernating underground for most of … Continue reading

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Pictures from Back Bay 24 Feb 2013

Back Bay pictures from a Chesapeake reader. Photos dated 24 Feb 2013. Click on the images to enlarge. Baby Moccasin asleep in the reeds. Note the characteristic yellow tail (somewhat muted) on the left side of the photo. Adult Moccasin … Continue reading

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The Lady and the Moccasins

The following photos were sent in by a reader from Chesapeake, Virginia, who wishes to remain anonymous. The reader is an avid naturalist who raises and releases Butterflies from her backyard Butterfly Nursery and Lepidoptiary.  She said in her email that she … Continue reading

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Two Men and a Moccasin

From the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge… The other day I watched two men paddling a canoe toward the small, sandy landing area near the Visitor Center.  They were about 30 feet from shore when one of the men yelled, “There’s … Continue reading

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