To all those who have been inquiring, there will be at least 3 shorebird walks at Montezuma which will include the dike walks at Knox-Marcellus and Puddlers Marsh. Details will be coming soon, but I can share with you the dates that I am leading: Sunday August 11th, Sunday August 25th and Sunday
Mushrooms almost immediately attract a range of small insects, some of which specialize on reproducting in them—tiny beetles, gnats (flies) and I am sure several other groups. I wonder if they were not picking these easy insects off, especially given their juvenile (klutzy predator) status?
Good morning, I observed something so strange this morning. There are several dozen juvenile tree swallows all over the back lawn at the Montezuma Audubon Center (presumably staging?) fluttering in the air and landing on the ground. I watched multiples feeding on these small white mushrooms,
Alyssa, I know I have to fight the insects for my share of the mushrooms I like to eat, and it makes me wonder if the birds know how mushrooms can be loaded with bugs. Did you get the sense that the birds were consuming the mushrooms, or rummaging through them for insects? Very interesting