Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
After yesterdays crazy post, I am happy to be able to say that things have returned to normal. There are hummingbirds at the hummingbird feeder (this is a male Broad-billed)
And quails on the quail block :)
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Hmmm I wonder, should I contact Cornell and tell them about the new species of hummingbird that I have on my nectar feeder?
Or maybe I should let them know about the very unusual quail that I have on my quail block! It isn't even April Fools Day yet, what is going on???
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
We had two new species for our yard list today. I actually saw this one yesterday but it was the briefest of glimpses and it was flying with a pair of Cardinals. I was pretty sure it was a Pyrrhuloxia but I wanted a better sighting just to be 100% sure. And here he is, obligingly perching for me to confirm his identity.
Monday, 21 March 2011
This daunting character is a longhorn beetle, common name Solitary Black Bycid, scientific name Stenaspis solitaria they feed on acacia and mesquite.
A correction to this post - this is in fact a cactus longhorn , Moneleima gigas. Not being a bug person when this character dropped from a mesquite in the middle of the day it seemed to be saying that it was Stenaspis solitaria. My bug guide wasn't detailed enough to illustrate the difference between the two. As Moneleima gigas is usually found on prickly pear or cholla at dusk you can understand my confusion. Luckily my friendly neighbourhood 'bug oracle' - Doug has both specimens in his collection and as soon as I saw them together I realised my mistake. Thanks for your help Doug :)