Joe Spandrusyszyn

Joe Spandrusyszyn

    1. Comment on Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) 2 months 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.
    2. I've changed the species ID - thanks for the help, and nice catch on the mis-ID.
    3. Note: I used to help me decide on my new best guess of Rubus occidentalis.
    4. 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
    5. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 6 months 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.
    6. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 6 months 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).
    7. Comment on American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) one year ago
    8. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) one year ago
      Thanks TristanV for noticing and correcting my error in originally identifying these guys as Cottonmouths. Turns out the "vertical pupil" in the shot I was using most of the time when identifying them was just some glare obscuring what is very obviously a round pupil in all the other shots where the pupil is visible, and the "pit" is just a shadow in an indentation on the snakes' faces (and higher than an actual pit would be now that I look closer at actual photos of cottonmouths).
    9. Comment on Glandularia sp. (probably) one year ago
      You didn't seem rude - no worries.

      It doesn't look like I took any other shots of this flower that day. I'll look through my other shots from this park from other days later to see if I have any other shots of the same flower, and I'll keep it in mind the next time I go there to see if there are still any in the same area.
    10. Comment on Glandularia sp. (probably) one year ago
      Thanks for the correction - I've removed the incorrect tags and title.