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Jerry Friedman

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  1. For female bluets, you often have to go with "Bluet sp", I'd say. The male Tule Bluet does have a similar pattern on the abdomen, which is more distinctive for males.
  2. Nice shot, but a very difficult ID. Paulson says female Tule Bluet can be distinguished from Arroyo, Familiar, River, Hagen's, and Marsh Bluets "only by looking at mesostigmal plates in hand." Female Boreal and Northern Bluets are also very similar. Of course, maybe only one of these species occurs where you took the picture.
  3. Incidentally, the low perch is a clue for Phoebe and not Olive-sided, though I doubt it's definitive, unlike the other ones people are mentioning. In my limited experience, Olive-sided Flycatchers have read the books and really do have a sharp dark vest and white in between. I'm happy to be corrected.
  4. Looking a bit like Krider's Red-tail, with all that white above, and apparently faint patagial marks and belly-band?
  5. Thanks. I have a lot of trouble telling Song Sparrow and Bewick's Wren songs apart.
  6. I should mention that Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) has a page where you can look at county checklists. That can help narrow a search. You can also ask for IDs there--click on the Identify tab. Other places to ask for IDs are BugGuide.net and iNaturalist.
  7. There are about 10,000 species of moths in the U.S. and Canada, mostly "micromoths". One of the best birders I know is also into butterflies and dragonflies. His wife told him that if he got into moths, she'd divorce him. Which is a long way of saying that I have no idea what these are. Well, almost no idea. The big black and gray one looks like some sphinx moths. There are probably good places to get these beasts, especially the bigger and more distinctive ones, identified.
  8. The first one looks like a sister, and if it was in California, I'm going to guess California Sister. The second looks like some kind of skipper. Also it has a jack-o-lantern face on the back (specifically on the hindwings).
  9. Finding a hawk nest is exciting, but please don't disturb nesting birds more than you have to, and especially don't deliberately disturb them to make them fly or do anything else they weren't going to do.
  10. This was in Arkansas? I believe the ones you thought were Mississippi Kites were Mississippi Kites, with the flared tail and short outer primary. I'm leaving the rest to others.
  11. Yes, in spring a middle-aged man's fancy lightly turns to vocalizations he didn't know last year either. EspaƱola, N.M., yesterday. 1. Woods right at the edge of a marsh. I'm interested in the two repeated chips, a sibilant one, and a metallic one that starts about six seconds. I know there are Red-winged Blackbird and Yellow Warbler songs. 2. Same but over a mile away, and a smaller marshy area. Is there by any chance a Bewick's Wren song? My auditory nemesis--well, one of them. tinktink64crop.mp3 bewickswrenq84crop.mp3
  12. More nice beetles. By the way, another way for you to get that dragon identified is to make a sign-in at Odonata Central and upload it there. I think you'll get an answer pretty quickly. (I'm starting to wonder whether it's a teneral (recently emerged) Western Pondhawk that confused me with its undeveloped colors.) I don't think there's a Cicindelidae Central though.
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