Readers’ wildlife photos

May 30, 2018 • 7:30 am

Reader Karen Bartelt sent us a fourth batch of birds from Cuba (see first three installments herehere and here). Her IDs are indented.

Red-legged thrush (Turdus plumbeus).  This is a very common Caribbean bird.  I didn’t know that when I saw this first one, on a roof across from the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where we were staying in Havana.
A nice collection of red-legged honeycreepers (Cyanerpes cyaneus) in Vinales National Park.  The males have the blue heads; females are olive green.
Cuban grassquit, female (Phonipara canora).  Cuban endemic.
0135 – Cuban grassquit, male (Phonipara canora).  Cuban endemic.  Both of these were taken at a farm that seems to attract both Cuban and yellow-faced grassquits.
Yellow-faced (Tiaris olivaceus) and Cuban grassquits.
And reader Tom Tezlaff would like an ID of this insect (I don’t have the location info):

10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

      1. Here in the mid-latitude,midwest, middle of nowhere, few exuvia stay so intact they appear to be alive. Speaking of crusty exoskeleton shells, yesterday Missouri Governor…

  1. Whenever I see the case of a stonefly, I immediately think of trout.

    I loved the Cuban birds, especially the grassquits. And what a cool name; birds have some of the best common names.

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