Journal archives for June 2018

June 07, 2018

7 June/18

Saw a couple of small dramas today. This is about predatory birds and crows. I saw a crow being pursued by a pair of smaller raptors. It happened so fast that I was unable to get a good shot except for one where one raptor is flying away. The crow was making a Kweeee sound, that seemed to attract other crows, but somehow a bald eagle showed up and they went after that instead of the falcons. I got a number of shots of the crows and the eagle, but only one of the departing falcon. It was all quite fascinating!

Posted on June 07, 2018 17:43 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 11, 2018

small dramas

This was the second small drama that I saw. A ground beetle had a lepidoperan lava, and was eating it on the path. There were several Calliphorids buzzing around it's mouth, trying to get at the larva. I'm not sure how the beetle did it, but it managed to keep the flies at a bit of a distance. I scooped the beetle up in a small jar, and put it into the long grass for some relief. Don't know if it was successful or not, but they will all sort it out.
I've seen a number of these beetles on the paths, squashed. I presume they like it for the heat, but get run over by bikes or stepped on by people.

Posted on June 11, 2018 22:01 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 26, 2018

22 June/18

It's been a somewhat odd spring/summer. Usually by now there are lots of robins, waking me up in the false dawn with their tuneless song. Now it is a crow, and although I have heard robins around, I have not been able to take a photo of one yet.
Other differences:

  • The wood ducks seem to have vanished. Usually they hang around a specific part of the river for most of the summer.

  • There are fewer Blue Jays. Again, I've seen one or two, and heard them, but usually they are around the house making their raucous calls.

  • There are less Compton Tortoiseshells around, but I gather last summer was an exceptional one for that species. I have also seen fewer Mourning Cloaks, though both species have been seen this spring. Butterflies in general seem to be less common.

  • There have been two may fly emergence's. They look superficially similar, but the latest one is a little bit smaller than the earlier one.



  • Posted on June 26, 2018 19:18 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 0 comments | Leave a comment