We have pictures from several readers today. First, a plea for ID from reader Jeremy, who isn’t quite sure about this insect:
I was hiking around Pelee Island on Lake Erie when I came across this little fella. I think it might be a black-legged meadow katydid (Orchelimum nigripes) but I’m not quite sure. He was producing a loud chirp which helped me find him.
The Missouri Dept. of Conservation website calls this—if it is O. nigripes—”one of our most beautiful katydids.”
From California, reader Joe Dickinson sends a bird:
In full sun, at the right angle, the crown and gorget of the male Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) are an iridescent red/pink “structural color”, as in the hovering photo from January last year. In the shade, or at the “wrong” angle, they can appear jet black. So I was intrigued yesterday afternoon to see diverse, fluctuating colors in light filtered through the foliage of a shrub in which this fellow was perched. In my back yard at Aptos, CA.
Reader Peter sends photos of an unappreciated bird: the wild turkey.
I live and work in Southwestern Manitoba Canada – my adopted home, and I often encounter interesting wildlife on the edges of town. These photographs are of Eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) that I photographed just eight blocks from my house this morning, and very much in town.According to my limited research, the wild turkey is not native to Manitoba, but was introduced to the province in 1958. The most recent estimate is that the population now exceeds 10,000, surprising considering the extreme winter temperatures we experience.This was a group consisting of eight juveniles and one adult female (hen). They seemed wary, but relatively unperturbed by my presence.. . . Adult female and juvenile:
Juveniles on the road (why did these turkeys cross the road?):
Benjamin Franklin, as I recall, proposed that the U.S. adopt the turkey as the national bird. I think the bald eagle was a better choice, though turkeys make better eating!
Finally, diverse species from reader Sarah Crews:
The bunny and the jellyfish are from Pescadero, CA. The bunny is Sylvilagus bachmani, a brush rabbit, and the jellyfish is Velella velella, the By The Wind Sailor. There has been a large wash up of them this year on the Pac. Coast of the US that has received some media attention.
I didn’t know of brush rabbits, but, with their roundish heads, they’re really cute.