Things Are Just Ducky #13 Finding Family.

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George settled down in the grass and allowed warm morning sun to gently caress his body. It was good to be part of a community again. George valued his solitude but he also craved companionship and the feeling of belonging. The flock provided all that and more. It was common for the members to check up on each other. Or warn the others if a hawk was spotted. When out foraging a call was made when a plentiful food source was found and nobody went hungry. Every day the flock held a waterborne parade by the campground and the campers would show their appreciation by tossing food into water. George felt like a star when they did that. What’s even better was that the flock fully accepted George the moment he got there. He simply landed on the lake next to them and they each greeted him with the words “Welcome Home” as was the flock’s tradition when accepting new members. The more George thought about it the more he realized that a community was really a type of family. That meant that “neighborhood” wasn’t a place but an attribute of belonging like “brotherhood”. George gave a sigh of contentment as he lay in the grass with his flock and drifted into the dreamworld in the mid morning sun.

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The Herons Are Here

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The sun fills the duckweed laden pond in late afternoon. The hunter stands motionless on the end of the ‘ll submerged log. From below he looks just like an odd branch or root. Nothing seems to break his concentration. Not even the big blue truck parked on the wrong side of the road several yards away. His body is motionless but his eyes miss nothing. The frogs can only stay under for so long. His joints are locked and he can stand like this for a very long time. All it takes is dedication to his goal.

If you’ve ever heard the grunting call of a green heron in the middle of nowhere you’d swear it was a sasquatch. In fact I’ve seen a few videos on YouTube and even some “documentaries” on T.V. that claim the sound that captured could have not have been “any known creature” when in fact it’s a green heron’s mating call that’s been slowed down and amplified. The great blue herons are even louder and harsher.

The green heron is one of three species of herons that I’m aware of and encountered in my little slice of Appalachia. The others being the aforementioned great blue herons and the American Bittern which I have only encountered once in my life and the picture didn’t turn out well. All three are water birds and all hunt the shallow waters by either waiting in ambush as the green heron in tonight’s feature image is doing or by slowly wading along the edge as the great blue heron in the photo on the right.

A Great Blue Heron stalking the lower Gauley River.

These birds move with such grace and calm demeanor that watching them is almost a spiritual experience.

I continued to watch the green heron on the pond hoping to capture the moment he seized his prey but the single lane road was needed by others and even though I was mostly off the road safety became a concern. But now that I know where he hangs out there’s hope for more shots of this amazing bird.

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Arrival Of The Cedar Waxwings

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I allowed the big blue truck to coast to a stop on the side of the interstate highway just outside of Summersville West Virginia. The temptation to try and get a few shots of the large pond fed by Muddelty Creek has finally gotten the best of me. I rolled down the passenger side window and looked out at graceful willows as they peered into their own reflections on the water. Light showers disturb the surface of the pond just enough to give the reflections a mystical feel. At times it seems like the other world is just beyond the water in some dream that’s almost tangible. It was at that moment of deep imagination that movement recalled my presence of mind back to the corporeal landscape. They moved in unison while suspended between heaven and earth and lit in the old snag. They didn’t need to vocalize or receive directions from ground control to coordinate their synchronized maneuvers bit instead relied upon the instinctive knowledge of each other. They both just stopped on the dead limbs as if drawn in by a magnet. I extended the lens and held their semblance in my lens. A moment of time held in both my memory and in my camera. But the desire to ebb just a little closer was my downfall and with the opening of the truck’s door they vanished as suddenly as they arrived.

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Leafhoppers And The Box Fan Trick.

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One of the tiniest creatures in the mountains is also one of our most colorful. The Candy Striped Leafhopper. I always thought that they reminded me of a Neon Tetra sold at pet stores. But this colorful little critter with it’s sweet sounding name is responsible for major damage done to certain timber crops as well as crops like brambles and roses. The insect lands on a leaf and like a vampire sucks the life from the leaf. What’s left behind is a dead, dry curled up leaf that almost looks mummified.

A single Leafhopper by itself does relatively little damage but they can arrive in dense swarms. In late Spring and early Summer we often see clouds insects flying in corkscrew patterns around outdoor lights. Closer inspection will show that a large portion of the swarm to be Green Leafhoppers which have the same feeding patterns as the Candy Striped Leafhopper.

So what do you do about them? Well, I’m in favor of as much natural controls as I can make work. One trick that seemed to have a marginal amount of success in reducing a large number of nocturnal insects was that fan trap. A fan trap is simple to make. You simply take a cheap box fan and attach a thin cloth to the side that blows out. Then a bright light is hung directly in front of fan intake. The insects are drawn to the light and pulled into the fan which pins them to the cloth. The airflow dries them out and they die.

I found that the local songbirds absolutely love the free meal if you empty the cloth in a place where they can find it.

As seen in the video the fan trap can be used in the daytime too. The main things to remember is that you want to protect the fan from the weather. Most box fans are not rated for outdoor use and not only could unexpected rain ruin your fan but there’s also a risk of an electrical fire or shock if the connections get wet. It’s also likely to catch beneficial insects like lacewings in the trap so try to keep an eye on what types of bugs are caught in it.

Of course there’s the insecticidal soaps and systemic chemicals. I try to avoid those because they often kill honeybees and other pollenators. Running the fan traps at night really reduces the risk to honeybees since they’re not normally out at night. And setting up a timer makes it easier to shut the fan trap down before sunrise.

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The 17 Year Brood

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The late afternoon sun burns brightly in the southern sky as I cross the mountain and head towards the lake.

It not really I trip I was expecting to make this year but my forest has been strangely silent considering what year it is. I had been expecting a constent droning that would last several months. But the 17 year brood skipped my little area this year.

However, just a 15 minute drive to the lake and the noise is unmistakable.

To put the noise levels in perspective an average conversation will occur at around 60 decibels. A jackhammer produces around 90 decibels. Cicadas ring out at 100 decibels.

Why all the noise? Well in short, they’re love sick. The insects have spent the last 17 years underground tunneling and living on roots but now they are at the end of their lifecycle and ready to make the next generation.

The empty husk of a cicada still clinging to a leaf.

Cicadas spend most of their lives as a burrowing insect with no wings but when they mature they’re driven by instinct to climb to a place where they can shed their shells and spread their newly formed wings. What’s left behind is the old exoskeleton. Insect exoskeletons are made of a substance called chitin. Chitin is a chain of complex sugars that form fibers that are actually suitable for making paper believe it or not. The process is similar to making paper from wood pulp ( which is also a complex sugar ).

Image Titled “Cicada 61120b”

Cicada wings, as it turns out, are pretty special. Some species have wings that are able to repel water so efficiently that their being studied in hopes of developing airplane wings that reject ice forming on them and glass that can’t fog up. Cicada wings are also the source of that incredible noise. They rub their wings together along with a special organ called a tymbal that makes clicking noises.

Image Titled “Cicada 61120c”

It’s the male of course that’s the noisy one. He’s just using his outside voice trying to get a lady’s attention.

Image Titled “Cicadas Together 61120”

When they’re ready to lay their eggs the female cicadas will rip open the bark of a tree and lay her eggs there. The damage done by them can kill a tree.

This invasion will probably be over in about another month or so. The adult cicadas will actually be a boom for carnivores. If you’re a fisherman then you know how much the fish love cicadas so don’t waste the opportunity. It will be another 17 years before they come out again.

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