Just a reminder that the Fyke Nature Association's 2021/2022 season begins tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 24) in the best way possible - a Zoom talk and photo presentation by the incomparable Kevin Watson.
Kevin will talk about -- and share photos of --the unique bird life of New Zealand and the offshore islands to the south.
This program is free and open to the public, but Fyke ask that you register in advance at the link below. You will receive an email with a link to join the meeting at 8 p.m.
If you have heard Kevin speak to a group, he is a treat. Knowledgeable, funny, and engaging.
As Stiles Thomas would say, Only a fool would miss this program.
(By the way, that's not a postcard from Down Under. Those are Kevin's photos!)
After I saw a Spotted Lanternfly at High Mountain last week, I started giving unusual insects a second look.
Saw this guy near the house. I think I know what it is, and I wish I'd killed it (or at least tried to).
I post this in part as a warning to be on the lookout for strange bugs.
What is it, and why is it bad?
Diane Louie offered the correct answer: "It is a Locust Borer which feeds on Black Locust and can cause serious damage or death to the tree."
Stiles Thomas called to say The NY Times had a great story on birding yesterday. I somehow missed it.
Terrific illustrations, too.
The link is here. Thanks, Stiles!
I learned all about this at Mike Lefebvre's wonderful Celery Farm walk on Saturday.
The murder part might be overstating the case, but I liked the alliteration.
Answer later this week.
Learned so much. And wait till you see the next Monday Morning (Murder?) Mystery.
The Monday bonus mystery asked:
Is this what I think it is?
If it is, then it has one of the most (appropriately( disgusting names ever...)
From High Mountain today....
I figured it was either Colonel Mustard scat or Dog Vomit Slime Mold. iNaturalist said the latter, and so did Carol Flanagan.
Kudos to Carol.
Meet at the Green Way entrance to the Celery Farm on Saturday, September 18, at 9 a.m. for a plant identification walk led by Mike Lefebvre, who completed a compilation of plants at the Celery Farm earlier this summer.
I will sell 2022 Celery Farm calendars before the walk. $15 each.
The rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 25. Free and open to the public.
Had a delightful afternoon at State Line Hawk Watch yesterday, even if the Broad-wings ignored my memo and stayed away in droves. Highlights included nine Bald Eagles and 25 American Kestrels. Plus lots of Monarch butterflies and a skink or two.
(A big thanks to everyone with eyes on the skies!)
Here's more pix and the list:
State Line Hawk Watch Sept. 16 totals
Observation Start Time (EST) - 8 am
Observation End Time (EST) - 4 pm
Official Counter(s) - Gil Hawkins, Jim Wright
Observers - Rob, Ben, Brian, Kevin Watson, Karen, Linda, Big Dave, Patty, Kevin, Sally, et al.
Brief Weather Summary - 67 to 78 degrees, wind speed 3-8 mph, visibility 10 miles...
BV - 0
TV - 0
OS - 34
BE - 9
NH - 2
SS - 3
CH - 1
NG - 0
RS - 0
BW - 13
RT - 0
RL - 0
AK - 25
ML - 2
UA - 0
UB - 0
UF - 0
UE - 0
UR - 0
TOTAL - 89
Monarchs - We counted 268 Monarchs but probably missed that many more. Every time we got on a raptor, we'd see a Monarch..
Additional Comments: 9 Ravens, 18 DC Cormorants