Reader John Harshman sent these photos of a kildeer and eggs on April 20:
Yesterday I went out to Charleston Slough on San Francisco Bay, and this very brave killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) began doing threat displays at me. Eventually I figured out why, but I nearly stepped on the nest before I saw it. Sorry, no nightjars in these photos, but aren’t the eggs hard enough to see even in closeup? And that little scrape in the ground is the extent of a killdeer nest.
And from the Blessed Plot, reader pyers sent two photos:
Just been out for a wlk in the local woods. . . Weather in England is glorious at the moment and the bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are out in force.
Check out the link to see the source of the unusual species name “non-scripta”:
. . . and a Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) taking flight:
Reader Randy Schenk sent a gorgeous bird at his feeder:
Finally back from winter in Mexico or Central America the Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, is one of the favorites anytime around here.
And of course what is a day without Squirrels, the Honorary Website Rodent™? These photos, including a mutant, were sent by reader Bob Lundgren:
In lieu of cats I’ve enclosed photos of some of our backyard squirrels. The first photo is of our lovely neighborhood albino squirrel. Based on its interactions with the other neighborhood squirrels we think its a female. She is petite and a bit skittish compared to the other squirrels. I’m not sure how long squirrels live but we think she’s been around for several years – successfully avoiding the neighborhood raptors. The second photo shows the albino along with one of her normally colored compatriots. The third photo is a squirrel with a nice golden tail. when the sun catches it just right it glows beautifully.
And from the Facebook page of Dr. Piotr Naskrecki, one of our Official Website Entomologists™:
One of the highlights of our recent biodiversity survey of Gorongosa National Park was the re-discovery of the Hooded praying mantis Rhomboderella thorectes. This species has not been seen since its original description in 1949.