Joe Spandrusyszyn

Joe Spandrusyszyn

    1. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 3 years ago
      We've fone a pretty good job at destroying natural habitats in Florida too, unfortunately. We just have so much water that herons will always be able to thrive in the area no matter how much we overdevelop the land. There are many fewer mammals in the area than there should be.
    2. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 3 years ago
      This is probably the clearest I've ever seen the colors. The green really pops in direct sunlight. The healthier adults I usually see tend to stay hidden off in the shadows at the edges of ponds, causing the feathers to look more of a muted dark gray than green.
    3. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 3 years ago
      They fit in really well in that spot in the park. My parents thought they might've been a high-quality statue or animatronic at first.

      We have quite a few common species of heron. Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, and Tricolor Heron are all very common (I'll usually see at least half a dozen birds from this group of species every morning just looking out my front windows). Green Heron, Least Bittern, Cattle Egret, Black-Crowned Night Heron, and Yellow-Crowned Night Heron are also reasonably common, but not quite as common as the other five.
    4. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 3 years ago
      They're somewhat common throughout Florida, but they typically avoid populated areas, so it was a little unusual to see one in the middle of Disney World.
    5. Comment on Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris) 3 years ago
      This photo was taken inside the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY.

      According to the sign on the tank this fish was in, the tank contained bluegills, golden shiners, yellow bullheads, and white suckers. It also read "The fish in this tank are all found in our local lakes, rivers, and streams", so if you're sure it's one of those three, then it is most likely a Rock Bass.
    6. I've changed the species ID - thanks for the help, and nice catch on the mis-ID.
    7. Note: I used to help me decide on my new best guess of Rubus occidentalis.
    8. The source I used to identify this back in 2015 gave me the (incorrect) impression that there was only one Rubus native to the NE US, so I didn't spend much time checking the ID. The differences between the different Rubus species are a bit beyond my abilities in ID-ing plants (especially not without being able to go back and take additional looks at the plant at different times of the year, which I can't do since I'm no longer in NY). My best guess now would be Rubus occidentalis, but I'm definitely not especially confident with that ID.

      Here's another view of the plant if that would help you (or anyone else) more confidently identify the plant:
      Wild Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) Another view of the same plant as here: Angiospermae,Black raspberry,Flowering Plant,Geotagged,Nature,Plant,Rosaceae,Rosales,Rubus,Rubus occidentalis,United States
    9. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3 years ago
      Thanks! I checked my other photos, I just have one other of the same plant, but it's basically the same view (another shot of the same Phoebe taken 5 seconds earlier), so no help in IDing the plant.

      Taking a second look did make me realize I geotagged the photo wrong originally. When I uploaded it, I thought I had taken the photo a day earlier than I did, so I originally tagged it on the wrong side of Long Pine Key.
    10. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3 years ago
      No, I'm not sure. I didn't even notice the ants before!
      The leaves and bark coloring looks about right for a younger Gumbo Limbo tree... but without seeing any peeling bark it could just as easily be several other plants (at least with my weak plant identification skills, especially in areas like there where almost every plant's leaves look basically identical). I'll try to remember to re-check my Everglades photos tonight to see if I took any other shots that include this same plant (I probably didn't, I didn't take very many photos in this particular trail).