ATTENTION FELLOW US NORTHEAST FOLLOWERS!
The Brood II Cicadas will be emerging very soon. If you don’t know about these guys, these guys are the 17 year cicadas which grow in the ground until 17 years passes and they emerge to change into adult and mate.
You can see the Brood II range below to see if you are in the areas.
These cicada do not bite and sting! At most it will be an inconvenience since they will be quite literally everywhere and might give you trouble when trying to sleep. Please do not try to use pesticides on them, they will not be needed and will not stop them.
Please spread this around so all our fellow Northeastern followers know before the swarm happens!
Wow these little guys are just adorable.
Atheris hispida buuu
i just love snakes so much
Harris Hawk. Photo by Jason Idzerda
Wild Dogs. Timbavati 2012.
Lycaon pictus is variously called the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, spotted dog, or ornate wolf.
Got super discouraged by people calling animals the wrong name today, so I decided it was about time to post this little gem I’ve been sitting on for a while.
I would like to keep a “bird journal”, where I record every bird I see during the day and do a quick little sketch of it, but I don’t think I’d have the time to keep up with it. Maybe I’ll just do them intermittently, on days where I see notable birds and/or have time! :)
Today I saw the first goldfinches of spring, partaking of the birdfeeder outside the kitchen. :) At the same time, there was a dark-eyed junco, which my brain categorizes as a “winter” bird for my area. Then there were my regulars, a song sparrow and a mourning dove, with a robin skulking in the distance. I saw the mockingbirds on my way to run errands—they flew right over my window as I was at a red light. Lovely animals!
pretty sure I’ve seen all of these birds within the last week, except for the goldfinches (although I know I will be seeing them soon)! :)
Woodpecker TonguesThe woodpecker’s tongue can extend 2/3 its body length. Its tongue is covered in sticky saliva and barbs all over with an ear (a hearing mechanism) at the end of it. So it can listen to its prey. It detects sound. The tongue is so long that it fits its tongue in its head by wrapping around its brain and around its eye sockets. It can move its head/beak up to 15-16 times per second as it strikes a tree. This is incredibly fast. It creates immense forces, 250 more times than astronauts are subjected to. It is 1,000 G’s. The woodpecker has cartilage around the brain that keeps it from shattering.
holy fuck woodpeckers are terrifying
Kori Bustard. Photo by Greyfading
Get ready for the cicada invasion.
Sometime around Memorial Day, in the declining hours of daylight, swarms of male cicadas will rise up en masse from the soil, where they’ve lived for 17 years sucking on plant roots underground. They’ll emerge as nymphs, and begin shedding their exoskeleten in a process called “molting,” revealing wings and an adult body. Then partly flying, partly walking, they’ll start a mad dash up houses and trees to avoid predators. Once safe in the treetops, they’ll spend the remaining months of their lives engaged in a chorus of mating calls, searching for a partner to help continue their gene pool. The females will follow shortly.