Readers’ wildlife photos

May 31, 2018 • 8:40 am

It’s a busy day today; I’m writing a bit of science and that, along with tending the ducks, will probably make posting light. As always, I do my best. Send in your good wildlife photos, please, and have a gander at the photos of a new contributor, David Klotz, who graduated from the University of Chicago and will be here for Alumni Weekend on Friday. (He’ll get to see the ducks.)

His notes are indented:

Young gull, probably herring gull (Larus argentatus), on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, NH

 Another young gull as above:


Adult herring gull on Star Island:

Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) off Grand Manan (island in the Bay of Fundy in NewBrunswick); rock is underwater at high tide:

Herring gull on nest, also on Star Island (we go there every summer):

Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) nesting in a porch roof on Star Island:

Mother barn swallow feeding just-fledged young on porch railing on Star Island:

Female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) in pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago [JAC: maybe a relative of Honey?]:

Green heron (Butorides virescens) in Lincoln Park:

Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pucilla; I think!) at Milwaukee lake shore:

8 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. I don’t know the first thing about shore birds, being that my home hasn’t been a shoreline for several million years, but if semipalmated means “partially webbed” as it does according to the link, and I don’t see any webbing in between those toes, then perhaps it is some other similar looking bird. Nice photo, whatever it is or isn’t.

      1. Yes, it’s a Black-bellied Plover (called Grey Plover in the UK). The different names refer to different plumages (breeding and non-breeding).

  1. Nice collection, like the young gull and barn swallows. Back on the farm when I was a kid, several pairs of barn swallows regularly nested in the cattle barn, entering through the always open top half of a double door. Plenty of mud for the nests, plenty of flies attracted by the manure. Males would sit on electric wires to sing and dive bomb if we got too close to nest. Some years we’d have to discourage them from nesting on the front porch of the house. A little too messy. Thanks for bringing back memories.

  2. It’s strange to me, but I don’t recall ever seeing a seagull chick. Cute fuzzy critter. Thanks for the contribution.

    Have fun at Alumni weekend!

  3. Great pics! Most enjoyable.

    That mallard’s beak looks a lot like Honey’s. I know it would be too much of a coincidence, but I can’t help wondering.

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