photo by Kristen McClelland
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“I prefer chanterelles” – Leif Gentalen, age 8.
|palm and yellow-rumped warbler in bait bags|
photo by Josh Clayter, may 2017
Highlights – Mixed species flocks, raptors, mushrooms, shorebirds, crane flies, gannets, otter dens and sign, so much more!
|harbor seals in the basin|
photo by Mary DiMatteo
|orange scaber stalk - another mushroom|
that Leif got to eat and he macked the
whole thing. he likes the way boletes taste.
so do I!
Only later was I to learn that what I was observing was an actual thing (and not particular to the Forest of Nisene Marks) and comes with a name in print and everything – “mixed-species flocks”. It had a nice ring to it, so I decided to look for them other places. And so, for every fall/winter since ’93 part of my terrestrial exploration routine is to listen for chickadees, whichever species is local to where I happen to be living. Chickadees are always appreciated for what chickadees are – cute (judgment for sure, but a correct one), gregarious, and very very vocal. The fact that they hang out with a diverse crowd is a lovely bonus, bonus for them (safety in numbers?) and bonus for me (big smiles). Needless to say, mixed species flocks on the east coast can be impressive.
Locally it’s about the Black-capped Chickadees of course. I came across 3 Black and white Warblers in a flock with Chickadees and Red-breasted nuthatches at Carrying Place.
In my neighborhood bike ride I have a couple of chickadee flocks that I’ve been paying attention to. One flock had for warblers : Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Black and White, Yellow, Tennessee & Bay-breasted Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula and American Redstart. Blue headed and Red eyed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hairy Woodpecker. also represented. Not a bad couple of trees.
|happy trail to the otter den|
Otter sign – Perry creek – otter den found in 2016 active in 2017! great to find one finally in Perry Creek - great to see it in use again.
|can you find the opening of the den?|
|how is a white russula (Russulacae) different from |
a white Russian? I only know of white Russian
the drink from the Big Lebowski
|olive russula, and sluggy friend|
|Jack-o-lanterns. the poisonous alternative to Chanterelles.|
there is no reason to ever get this confused with
Mainland - And this jack-o-lantern popped up down the road, up the road from our place.
There have been more destroying angels….
|nothing phallic here. but you can see where the squirrel |
shaved off some of the bulbous base. the next day it was gone
but that means little to this story.
And we ate some and shared with others – Leif’s comment “I think I prefer chanterelles”. Mushroom snob!
|nice abdomen on this American Pelecinid|
just a reminder
Insects as well -
some favorites -
American Pelecinid females use that long abdomen to lay eggs in soil inhabiting beetle larvae. in the ground! very cool.
2 flavors of Crane Flies these days - regular (but still cool)
|kayaking with friends|
And some of leif of course!
hope to see you out there!