Saturday, May 30, 2020

Deja Vu All Over Again

Take a look at this post, "Life Too ...".

Nest on light? Check.
Nest made with moss? Check.
Four chicks? Check.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

The Eastern Phoebes were back this year. I noted in this post, More Fun With Tools, that they had not nested on the light fixtures last year. So I built a nesting platform. And I cleaned the old nests off of the lights.

Different this year is the use of deer hair in the nest construction.

And if you were wondering, the nest platform when unused.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Guard-er Snake

This critter has been hanging out just outside our front door.


Hidden in the Pennsylvania Sedge. An Eastern Garter Snake.


Today was the first day it did not zip away as I approached. Maybe it is growing accustomed to my presence. Much like the water snakes which don't care about me anymore.


This is where it hangs out. Guarding our front door.

The door that we don't really use.

Not the only door guarded by a snake (that door we do use).

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

One Born Every Minute ...

Hmmm ...


Which would you claim? I know math is hard* but come on!

(I chose neither.)

➕  ➖  ➗  ✖️

* Ok, math isn't really hard.

Mothing Is Easy

Even I can identify one once in a while.

What is it?

A Common Spring Moth.

Yes, but what is it?

A Common Spring Moth.

I get that it is common, and seen in the spring, and is a moth ...

 仄‍♂️  仄‍♂️  仄‍♂️  仄‍♂️  仄‍♂️

I don't make the names up.


My first reaction upon seeing it was, bird poop.

       

Thanks to Kristi Cooper for spotting it as we wandered about the Rancocas Nature Center grounds.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mothing is Hard

This is a Variable Reddish Pyrausta (Pyrausta rubricalis).


Once again it was my friend Ann-Marie (NJPineways) who ID this critter for me. Another common moth, perhaps the most common Pyrausta in our area.

Which makes it all the more curious that this moth is not in the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, an otherwise excellent guide.

Which is my excuse for not being able to identify this moth.

       

You can find all of the Yard Critter posts listed here.

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Or rather it was Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 3rd through 9th to be exact (for 2020 anyways).

To show appreciation for the teacher who lives here, this appeared one morning:


Specifically the morning of May 21st.

Maybe they were just getting a jump on next year?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Getting Busy by the Pond

I was doing some pond maintenance the other day when I noticed a lady beetle in an overhanging  branch. And then I noticed another lady beetle. And another.  And another ...

I stopped counting at thirty.

It seems the tree was a singles bar for lady beetles.

And some were hooking up.


These are Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles, although it is rather obvious not all of them are ladies.


The pond is a busy place.