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Field Notes - 3 things I did last week (June 19, 2017)

1) First committee meeting

I had my first committee meeting of my Ph.D. I had to describe what I’ve done over the last 9 months, and explain what I will be doing for the next 12. 252 more words


Plathemis lydia

Male Common Whitetail.Female.

The male above is actually a young one. He won’t get his chalky white “tail,” or abdomen, until he gets a little older. 74 more words


Northern Rough-winged Swallows

That’s a mouthful of a common name, but then Stelgidopteryx serripennis is a binomial tongue-exercise as well. We found five fledglings perched over the water. They were being fed at their perches and in mid-air, with the older and/or bolder siblings flying out to meet their busy parents. 158 more words



The Common Raven (Corvus corax) family of Brooklyn numbers four. The first I heard of them was near the end of May, when the… 300 more words


Long-legged Fly

One of the genus Condylostylus long-legged flies.
A little jewel. Same specimen: the light does wonderful things with the metallic sheen. There are more than 30 species in this genus north of Mexico; they usually feed on smaller insects and mites.



A tell-tale growth. Turn the leaf over.The gall of it all! I am fascinated by these things. Galls are created by the plant… 128 more words



I know the sun can rise as gloriously as it sets, but the windows here on the top of the Harbor Hill Moraine face north by northwest across Upper New York Bay, to Bayonne and the ridge of the Watchung beyond.