Category Archives: spot the nightjar (and other beasts)

Here’s the wood frog!

Did you spot the wood frog in the photo from Tom Gula in this morning’s post? It wasn’t easy, was it? Here’s the original photo and then the reveals: The frog! If you can’t see it, look at the last photo for a search image:  

Spot the wood frog!

Reader Tom Gula sent in a “spot the” photo. Something to help pass the time as we continue in this pandemic twilight zone.  While walking through a wooded area of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Jersey this morning, I spotted an adult Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) in the leaf litter (it jumped […]

Spot the grasshoppers!

It’s pouring down rain in Chicago: a real Midwestern thunderstorm complete with loud thunder and lightning. I hope my ducks are okay except, hey, it’s water, Jake. In the meantime, here’s a “spot the” feature by Mark Sturtevant, and this one I’d rate as “pretty hard.” Mark’s words are indented: Last summer I ‘discovered’ the […]

Photos of readers

It’s time to remind you to send in your photos and a few details, as the tank is running dry.  In fact, this is the last item in the tank. Today’s reader is Roger Sorensen, Citizen Scientist. His words are indented, and as lagniappe has a pair of “spot the” photos. Greetings from “Lake Wobegon”! […]

Here’s the dragonfly!

Did you spot the dragonfly in Robert Seidel’s photo this morning? Here’s the reveal and then a closeup.    

Spot the dragonfly!

Here’s a photo from Robert Seidel, asking us to spot the dragonfly. Click to enlarge the photo; reveal at 11 a.m. Chicago time today. Robert’s note: I believe this is a female emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator), rightly described as “bulky” by the website I used to check – this one was as large as my […]

Here’s the snake!

Did you spot it in this morning’s photo from Christopher? I’ve circled it in the “reveal” below, and Christopher send an enlargement below that. His notes: The Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus aestivus. It is quite widespread in Missouri, absent in only the northernmost counties. According to my copy of The Amphibians and Reptiles of […]

Spot the snake!

Reader Christopher submitted a photo in which there’s a snake. I won’t say much about it, except that he worried it might be too easy. Well, I’d say this is between easy and medium, but see if you can spot it. More information on the snake when I put up the reveal at noon Chicago […]

Spot the bird!

Reader David Fuqua sent a “spot the” photo which he thinks is pretty easy. Well, give it a try. Here’s what you’re looking for (and verify the ID if you can); click the photo to enlarge it.  The answer is below the fold: I rate this one easy, maybe too easy for your readers. This […]

Spot Ollie the Devil Cat!

Matthew Cobb has three cats: Ollie, Pepper, and the latest, Harry.  I met Ollie when I went to Manchester, and he clawed my nose open when I tried to nuzzle him. I was heavily exsanguinated! But never mind, here’s Ollie hiding in a photo Matthew took. Can you spot him? The answer is below the […]