Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

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Gulfport (the beach), Harrison County, MS


Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Black Skimmers and Royal Terns flying Same birds, more spread out    

Black Skimmers, one splashing A few Black Skimmers on sand bar Many Black Skimmers on sand bar    

Fish bone Creeping Indigo (Indigofera spicata). ID thanks to Su Kim! Creeping Indigo (Indigofera spicata) Hermit crab Royal Tern in flight Snowy Egret


Ruddy Turnstone Shoreline facing west Snowy Egret White-winged Dove

Wildflowers Might be a Marbled Godwit View of an elusive bird Lanceolate Fogfruit More Lanceolate Fogfruit

Jellyfish in the Gulf of Mexico Same jellyfish Railroad Vine    


Non-breeding Black-bellied Plover Another Black-bellied Plover Black-bellied Plover pair Bird tracks  

Black Skimmers early in the morning        

Black Skimmers around noon More Black Skimmers      

Brown Pelicans A small Crape Myrtle Another small Crape Myrtle Dune Camphorweed Goldenrod

Goldenrod Great Blue Heron Same Great Blue Heron    

Same Great Blue Heron Same Great Blue Heron Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides), growing wild in a field Marbled Godwit Another Marbled Godwit

Monarch Wild Poinsettia Another Wild Poinsettia Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae) Sanderling and two Semipalmated Plovers

Sanderling Another Sanderling Sanderling asserting his area Several squabbling Sanderlings  

Semipalmated Plover Another Semipalmated Plover Same Semipalmated Plover with another Aster seedheads, probably of the Dune Camphorweed Spider flowers.  Photo by Karl D. Gottschalk.

Wildflowers Willet      


Great Blue Heron Horseshoe crab Killdeer Same Killdeer Marbled Godwit


Marbled Godwit Semi-palmated Plover Same Semi-palmated Plover    


Ruddy Turnstone Marbled Godwits and other birds, maybe Willets Juvie Brown Pelican Dog  


Black Skimmers        


Common Buckeye Gulf Fritillary Same Gulf Fritillary Lilies Little Yellow


Long-tailed Skipper        


Semi-palmated Plover Ruddy Turnstone Marbled Godwit Lobster/crayfish skeleton?  


Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron Black Skimmers    


American Snout (at the beach) Drooping Jersey Lily Black Skimmer Black Skimmer Common Starlings


Black Skimmers and gulls in the process of moving to a new spot on the beach Mostly Black Skimmers Black Skimmers and gulls    


Cloudless Sulphur on a Turk's Cap Great Blue Heron and gulls Gulf Fritillary Another Gulf Fritillary on a Turk's Cap Gulf Fritillary


Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Gulls and Marbled Godwit Plover? Semi-palmated Plover  


Snowy Egret flushing out at least four and maybe six fish Same Snowy Egret flushing out three fish Flying terns    


Terns, Black Skimmer, gulls and a a large bird that looks like a Black Skimmer/gull hybrid Terns and a few Black Skimmers moving      


Verbena on grass median White Winged Dove


Huge cargo ship headed for the port Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora), which had flown inside Gulf Fritillary on a Firewheel flower Gulf Fritillary on asters Gulf Fritillary on another Firewheel


White Pelicans, which never returned after this evening        


Common Buckeye Willet Mole cricket nymph, rescued from street    


Killdeer Diving Forster's Tern Ruddy Turnstone Gulf Fritillary Forster's Tern


Sunrise Blue Jay      

Jones Park 10/16/15

The marina, with a lighthouse with ladder access        


Black Skimmers Black Skimmers on a sand bar Hermit crab Sanderling  


Royal Terns, a Black Skimmer and a gull Some local color Felix at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Post-mating Common Green Darner pair  


Sunset Forster's Terns Gull Black Skimmer  


Variegated Meadowhawk Black Skimmers and Bonaparte's Gulls against Biloxi backdrop Black Skimmers flying over the ocean Black Skimmers disturbed on the beach: a man with a dog walked through the middle of them. Black Skimmers resting on the beach


False Garlic Great Blue Heron Ribbons Little Yellow Verbena


Plant bug (Polymerus basalis).  ID thanks to Yurika Alexander. Moonflower (Ipomea alba) Cuban Brown Anole Sunset scene  


Jersey Lilies Jersey Lilies Sanderling     


Black Skimmer Black Skimmers flying Willet, plover and Sanderling.  Plover may be nonbreeding Black-bellied. Forster's Tern  


Sanderlings Trailing Wild Bean flowers Trailing Wild Bean showing bean pod Another pea family plant  


Hermit crab Common Buckeye, but a very fast flyer


Black Skimmer in flight, with unequal upper and lower bill sizes clearly visible Black Skimmers, Royal Terns and gulls Black Skimmers and other birds    

Black Skimmer in flight, with tail feathers clearly visible Big bird footprint, with large feather for size comparison Maybe the bird that made the big footprint.  Definitely not a Great Blue Heron.    


Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)        


Black Skimmer flying over gulls Black Skimmer doing "skimming," i.e., scooping prey from the water with its lower beak Skimming by another Black Skimmer Semipalmated Plover      


Black Skimmers in flight Gulfport sunset Group of Black Skimmers flying    


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