Category Archives: readers’ stuff

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: Gulls & Eagles redux

by Grania Reader Joe Dickinson wrote in saying: I was surprised by Grania’s post on eagle vs. gull combat.  When we lived in Utah, we often saw gulls and eagles in close proximity at Farmington Bay, which supports one of the largest wintering populations of Bald Eagles (Haliacetus leucocephalus) in the lower 48 states.  We never saw […]

Readers’ Wildlife: The Birds & The Bees. Also, Stars.

by Grania Regular Stephen Barnard sent us these gorgeous photos from his piece of paradise in Idaho. As always, click through twice on a picture to see it in its original size. Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor).   Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata), trying to hide. Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), busy bullying the Black-chinned. Landscape looking North […]

Readers’ wildlife photos: sparrows & a Cedar Waxwing

WEIT regular Diana MacPherson has sent us these beautiful photographs of sparrows. She writes: Young Sparrow (Passer domesticus) On Weigela Branch Watch for Food Opportunities. Young Sparrows (Passer domesiticus) On Weigela Branch Watch for Food Opportunities Young Sparrows (Passer domesiticus) On Weigela Branch – What squabbling. Birds are so expressive! Don’t Look Now, But a Bird […]

Readers’ wildlife photos: flies and spiders

WEIT regular Mark Sturtevant has sent us a veritable seminar on flies and spiders. He writes: Stilt legged fly (possibly Rainieria antennaepes). I encountered this little character strutting back and forth on some forest leaves, persistently waving its whitened front legs before it. This fly was so intent on its display that it would not be distracted […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

by Grania Reader Jacques Hausser from  Lausanne, Switzerland sent Jerry these absolutely gorgeous photographs of hedgehogs. He writes: Sitting in the garden enjoying the first stars and the temperature dropping under 30º C  (86º F) at least (and also a beer), I spotted three little shadows following each other across the lawn. I didn’t have my […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

by Grania Reader Mark Otten from Ohio sent Jerry five beautiful photographs. He writes: All of the attached photos were taken at Glenwood Gardens Park (a component of the Hamilton County Park District) in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio. Male eastern (rufous-sided) towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus). Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla). Bumble bee (Bombus spp.) on gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata).  […]

Readers’ Wildlife photos

by Grania Jerry has forwarded on to me some of the beautiful pictures taken by readers. WEIT regular Stephen Barnard sends us this: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) resting on a goose nest box in a light rain. Fledgling, I think — an adult wouldn’t let me get this close.  Tony Eales from Queensland sends […]

Mini Reader’s Wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sends us this:   I know Jerry is fond of ducklings, so here is a family of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) caught on June 23rd and again on the 27th  near the mouth of Aptos Creek, CA.  The growth (and change in plumage) over just four days is quite noticeable. Mallards are distributed […]

A shout-out to a recuperating reader

Reader (and biologist) Sarah Crews had back surgery yesterday, and came home (the same day!) to find, on the bed, two of her cats in a pose she calls “ridiculousness.” The cats are Professeur Chippeur (“Chippi”), left, and Surprise, Cat! (because he always looks surprised). This is to wish her a speedy recovery, which is almost […]