|Dogday Harvestfly (Tibicen canicularis)|
This crazy looking insect is none other than a Dogday Harvestfly - appropriate for this time of year! They make a loud buzzing sound, kind of like a power saw; you've probably heard them on hot summer day. Although a cicada, this is not one that lies dormant for many years; this species hatches out after just one winter in hibernation. (It is also called a Dog-day Cicada.)
|Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)|
On August 17th I noticed a Bull Thistle blooming nearby and have been anticipating goldfinches finding the seeds. Searching out the plant today, I see that someone has in fact been visiting it.
|Thistle Seeds being pulled apart|
The lake's young loon is still here, though this picture is a couple of weeks old.
|Juvenile Loon (photo credit: K. Crowley)|
It will likely stay on the lake for several more weeks before flying off to some unknown bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
After the summer blast of HHH weather, it was a relief to have some much cooler, drier weather drive arrive for the past two days. If it lasts for a stretch of time there may be a change in the animal activity we observe around Lake Wicwas. Perhaps it will inspire the remaining Osprey to join their clan on the trip to South America - the two that have left are already in Connecticut and Maryland. But as of last week, there was still at least one Osprey visiting the lake. I saw one several times including this one rising from the water after a very successful dive.
|Osprey and its Lunch|