Friday Night Photos Small World vol 7 Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

Started the week with rain on Sunday. The rest of the week it's been mostly cloudy with below average temps and only a few hours of sun Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and sprinkles again today. Next week it's supposed to be back to normal late September weather, sunny and 80°.

A few of the little critters from the Balboa Park rose garden.

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People who confuse the words "Burro" and "Burrow" don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

large to be a duck. Maybe someone can identify it.

A giant bird nearly gets hit by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium A bird flying in Dodger Stadium nearly gets hit by a fly ball during the game vs. the Tigers.

https://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=38450792

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@humphrey
The bird appears to be a goose, but what type of goose I don't know. Kind of odd seeing one flying around inside Dodger Stadium.

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People who confuse the words "Burro" and "Burrow" don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

@Socialprogressive

add his two cents with regards to the insects some of which even I recognize.

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@humphrey

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@humphrey As for the fowl nearly struck by the foul...

It is a non-native domestic (barnyard) type of fowl. I am no expert on foreign domestic waterfowl. The white on upper wing makes me think a variation of Muscovy Duck, which is a big bruiser of a duck, big as some small geese. Also Egyptian Goose (an immature maybe) is possible. The white in wings above and below should be fairly unique leaving only a few choices. I would check those two first.

Typically birds come into night lights to feed, on things attracted to them, like insects.

There was vid footage online a few years ago of a gull getting atomized by either a pitch or a line drive off the bat.

Y'all have way too much confidence in me! Wink

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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Hey SP! GREAT 'bug' shots man! Love yer work!

The skipper (the small butterfly) looks like a worn male Fiery Skipper.

We are just getting our first migrant Eastern Monarchs, as they pass by on way to Mexico. Our peak here is usually 3rd week of October.

Our Tropical Sage has been blooming gangbusters, over a thousand flowers open some days in our patch. Here are a few things on it lately...

Two-tailed Swallowtail
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Immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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Male Lesser Goldfinch - we have the Black-backed type here, CA and AZ birds are green-backed.
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Hope all are well! I gotta fly! Have good ones all! Countin' on ya!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
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@dystopian
Thanks for the butterfly and birds. I've been seeing a lot of Monarchs around here over the last six months or so. Normally I'd be lucky to see one every few months. Now I'm seeing them almost daily and sometimes more than one in the same day.

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People who confuse the words "Burro" and "Burrow" don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

looks almost metallic. brings to mind certain 60's era sci-fi creatures from mars
coming to take over the world. guess that is why they invented Raid?

The pixelated resolution is amazing.

Thanks for letting us get small social!

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@QMS
I don't know what the first bug is. Possibly a grasshopper. I do know I like it's coloring.

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Hi SP, Sorry I had work to do last night, so couldn't hang...

So, for some possible ID's on your great 'bug' photos...

1. a nymph (larval stage) of an Orthoptera, which is grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. I think it is a katydid nymph. But which I don't recall much for them in coastal socal. Maybe they are there now? It could also be one of the tree-cricket types. They often change appearance quite a bit between larval nymph stage and adult.
2. Robberfly, family Asilidae
3. need a longitudinal shot. Looks a Hymenoptera, which is the order for bees, wasps, and ants.
4. A Syrphid methinks. It could be a Bombyliad, but I think Syrphid.
5. Fiery Skipper, worn male.
6. Probably a Yellow Jacket, though there are some other similar wasps, it looks a YJ to me.
7. caterpillar is unknown to me, however there is a new field guide out a few years ago for the caterpillars of America I wish I had.
8. Monarch, which you didn't need help on.

Thanks again for the greaet photos of bugs!

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@dystopian
I knew the butterfly's and wasp. I got lazy looking up the rest.

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even make spiders (shudder) look terrific. Now, that's doing something in my book. Smile It is gorgeous here in the ole Sinking Sandbar Peninsula. Everyone is outside. I can't say the same for the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states. Great Gabor Szabo tune, too. I've got some of his stuff somewhere. We still have about 5 weeks left in storm season, but it's looking like my area will be spared. Yahoo!!! Anywho, Rec'd!!

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Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

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@orlbucfan
Glad to hear the storms are passing you by. Hope you have continued luck the rest of the storm season.

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