Photos / Sounds

What

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

March 23, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

May 15, 2021 11:29 AM PDT

Description

The photo is of a Violet-green Swallow in a nest box with 5 Western Bluebird nestlings. The Violet-green Swallows have returned after migrating and are looking for cavities to nest in. The swallows won't harm the nestlings, and there are reports of swallows actually assisting in feeding the nestlings.

Violet-green Swallows and Ash-throated Flycatchers are the late nesters and often have to use whatever cavities are available. I've been finding both Tree and Violet-green Swallow nest starts in boxes from which other species have fledged and before I had a chance to clean the used nest out.

This is another example of the competition among birds that occurs for cavities to nest in. I added another nest box nearby in hopes that the swallows will use it.

Here's the swallow observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79034267


📸: By Lee Pauser

This observation was part of a nest box trail done in conjunction with the California Bluebird Recovery Program (CBRP), which runs the Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP). CNRP involves many volunteers across California who establish and monitor nest box trails for cavity-nesting birds. During the breeding season, these boxes are checked weekly for parasitism, predation, number of eggs, nestlings, and number of young fledged. Then at the end of the nesting season, volunteers submit their results to CBRP. We compile these results and submit them to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program and other interested organizations.

Photos / Sounds

What

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

May 9, 2021 03:38 PM PDT

Description

Today I found the largest clutch of Tree Swallow eggs I have ever seen totaling 9 eggs (see the first photo). A normal clutch size for Tree Swallows ranges from 4 to 7 eggs so this is unusual and on the surface would appear for me to be a record.

However, a nearby nest box has the beginnings of an Ash-throated Flycatcher nest on top of a Tree Swallow nest (see second photo). What likely happened was the flycatcher usurped the swallow resulting in 2 female swallows laying eggs in the same nest box.

This is another example the competition among birds that occurs for cavities to nest in. I have added a third nest box between the 2 nest boxes hoping the usurped Tree Swallows will now use it.

Here's the Ash-throated Flycatcher observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78401857


📸: By Lee Pauser

This observation was part of a nest box trail done in conjunction with the California Bluebird Recovery Program (CBRP), which runs the Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP). CNRP involves many volunteers across California who establish and monitor nest box trails for cavity-nesting birds. During the breeding season, these boxes are checked weekly for parasitism, predation, number of eggs, nestlings, and number of young fledged. Then at the end of the nesting season, volunteers submit their results to CBRP. We compile these results and submit them to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program and other interested organizations.

Photos / Sounds

What

Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

February 2021

Description

Here's the magpie observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70785441

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What

American Elk (Cervus canadensis ssp. canadensis)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

February 9, 2021 07:40 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Red-backed Vole (Myodes rutilus)

Observer

ungerlord

Date

July 6, 2020 08:15 AM AKDT

Description

With my finger for size comparison.

Photos / Sounds

What

Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

Observer

jtelford

Date

March 2014

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What

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Observer

maxallen

Date

March 2020

Place

Private

Description

Dead :(

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What

American Badger (Taxidea taxus)

Observer

jim_carretta

Date

May 25, 2019 12:50 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Observer

stephtaur

Date

May 14, 2018 10:28 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

White-winged Vampire Bat (Diaemus youngii)

Observer

gerry_carter

Date

August 10, 2017 08:25 PM EDT

Place

Panama (Google, OSM)

Description

captured feeding on chickens roosting in trees

Photos / Sounds

What

Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus)

Date

August 2018

Place

Missing Location

Description

Taken while on the ferry from Saint John to Digby Nova Scotia. Shark breeched twice, managed to get about 6 photos the second time it breeched. Not sure which species of Thresher Shark it is