June was a good month here. The emergence of 13-year cicadas was a natural highlight; personally we enjoyed their noise, so varied and complicated and interesting to pay close attention to. If you stood right under one of their favorite ash or walnut trees, it could be painful, but overall it was an enjoyable background soundtrack that was far preferable to the usual white noise of lawnmowers and highway traffic we get here.
Our insect populations have been very high, both predators and pests, and we’re still theorizing that’s due in part to the cicadas. They’re clearly dying off now, but I was able to observe multiple birds hunting them, and we’ll see if we see a corresponding drop in other insect populations from now on. The flowers have also continued to be nice, such as these:
We have a pair of broad-winged hawks we’re almost certain are nesting on the ridge beyond our main field; we’ve seen them coming and going regularly from this location, often carrying rodents and other small prey in their talons. I assume they’re feeding something, and one day we hope to climb the ridge and try to observe the nest. We’re thrilled to have them established here, as they’re not chicken-hunters, and hopefully their presence puts off more dangerous raptors like red-tailed hawks.
NEW THIS MONTH
No new species in June.
ALSO PRESENT (42 species)
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
NOT OBSERVED SINCE MAY (30 species)
Black-Throated Green Warbler