Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Things continue to be relatively quiet around here. A Swallow-tailed Kite sighting in Kalamazoo had me checking out Kellogg Airport until it was clarified the bird was heading South-West not South-East. A Common Gallinule not far away has been quite the dipper for me. 4 times to this small farm pond, and it hasn't showed itself once.
Highlights for myself are a pair of Osprey still hanging around the nest at the F DR N Cell Tower. I'm still unable to discern if there are young on it. Checking out D DR S in hopes of the Virginia Rail gave me a brief and surprising look at a Marsh Wren. Photo lifer, and a new bird for the County's Illustrated Checklist. I also had a flyover juvenile Green Heron that had me thinking American Bittern at first. Streaking wasn't right, but it sure seemed a ton bigger than the other Green Herons that were flying around. My last highlight was an Osprey at Kellogg Airport that flew in over the airfield low. Allowing me to get some halfway decent shots with the low sun behind me.
On the non-bird front it has been relatively quiet as we have had much cooler nights around here lately. I've been forced to drag my kit lens out into the daytime to try for more "active" critters.
The one "highlight" would be this absolute nightmare of a creature. It is bad enough when one hauls up their garbage can and see the piece of fuzz move on the lid, it is another to find out the "fuzz" is actually pieces of dead bugs. This (Green) Lacewing larvae attaches pieces of legs and other leftovers to its back when finished.
Leading off the remainder of critters is what I thought was an odd dragonfly, but turned out to be what Ant Lions eventually turn in to. Very cool transformation. The third pic shows a moth that I don't have nailed down yet, but seems like it isn't very common around this area either way. I have it as a Black-patched Glaphyria Moth, but no confirmation yet on iNat. May end up posting to BugGuide.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)