|Crocuses are blooming in my yard! Click to enlarge. |
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
|I saw my first snowdrops of the year yesterday. I know it is still far off but here is a sign that spring is coming. Click to enlarge.|
and pensive monitor of fleeting years!"
...from To a Snowdrop by William Wordsworth
Sunday, January 15, 2023
|Male above, female below. Click to enlarge.|
"To have a cricket on the hearth, is the luckiest thing in all the world!"
The good luck that Dickens refers to may depend on the kind of cricket we’re talking about. I’m guessing not the ones in the picture, greenhouse camel crickets. I am not squeamish about insects, but one of these things jumped at me recently, causing me to scream and run. They are of Asian origin, and once thought to be established in the US only in the greenhouses from which they get their common name. A recent study revealed that they are actually more common in homes in the eastern US than native camel crickets. Click here to read that study. I saw this pair with many others of their kind in a heated restroom in a local county park. They were just hanging out. Quiet and motionless. Until they jumped.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
|Competition was stiff for the 2022 Urban Wildlife Guide Creature of the Year Award (the UWG-COTYA). Congratulations to the winner, laughing gull with french fry! This audacious snack-snatching bird was featured in the “Labor Day Weekend“ blog of last September. Click on this sentence to revisit that blog. Take a bow, bold gull. |
|In the event laughing gull is unable to fulfill the duties of Creature Of The Year, first runner-up, amazing green flower will step in. This is the first time in UWG-COTYA history that a plant has been chosen for the honor. Congratulations you stunning, unexpectedly colored zinnia! Click here to visit the flower’s original blog. Click to enlarge. |
Congratulations and appreciation to all the creatures who made 2022 more interesting. Happy New Year and good wishes to all for a wonderful 2023!