Fyke Talk: Kevin Watson's New Zealand


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!)

Answer to Last Week's Regular Monday Mystery

I wrote:

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."

(Thanks, Diane!)

State Line Hawk Watch Yesterday

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...
Daily Total
BV - 0
TV - 0
OS -  34
BE -  9
NH - 2
SS - 3
CH - 1
NG - 0
RS - 0
BW - 13
RT - 0
RL - 0
GE- 0
AK - 25
ML - 2
PG -
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