May 30, 2024

24 May, 2024: Blacklight Party!

*Note: All parameters were taken at the start of survey unless otherwise stated.

Location: [redacted, private residence].

Date: 24 May, 2024

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Temperature: 22.2-18.9*C (72-66*F)

Humidity: 76-95%

Wind: S 4 MPH - E 3 MPH

Conditions: Clear. Storms are expected past 10. Heavy rain for past few days. Cloudy towards end of survey.

Surrounding habitat: Suburban neighborhood. Host yard is primarily eastern red cedar trees, with surroundings deciduous. A small creek is right down the street.

Notes: While waiting for insects to arrive to light, I wandered the yard in search of other creatures of interest. These have been included as well.

Posted on May 30, 2024 02:52 AM by nick_nv04 nick_nv04 | 54 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 29, 2024

27 May, 2024: Blacklight Party!

**Note: All parameters were taken at the start of survey unless otherwise stated.

Location: [redacted, private residence].

Time: 8:20 PM-10:00 PM

Temperature: 23.8° C / 75° F

Humidity: 67%

Wind: WNW 4 mph

Conditions: partially cloudy, transitioning to overcast within an hour. The previous two days had been filled with heavy rains and thunderstorms, leading to saturated earth and foliage. The quarter moon was to fall on the 30th, for what it's worth.

Surrounding habitat: Suburban neighborhood. Tree composition in home yard is primarily eastern red cedar, while surrounding acres host more deciduous trees. A small creek is within a short jaunt.

Notes: While waiting on insects to arrive to the light, I wandered the yard to seek wandering insects and other finds. These are included in the associated observations.

Posted on May 29, 2024 01:15 PM by nick_nv04 nick_nv04 | 74 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 02, 2022

Snapping turtles are shy.

Saw this little guy bunting minnows and such in the local creek. He's the only snapping turtle I've seen in the creek proper and I was super pumped to get some good pictures of him and watch his hunting.

Unfortunately, he saw me and immediately ran under the rock shelf I was standing on. I stuck around for a while in hopes he would come back out, but all he did was poke his head out to check if I was there and refuse to emerge.

Sad, but at least I got a picture of it peeking at me. (Side note: turtles look kind of creepy under water. I totally understand why people have mistaken them for monsters.)

Posted on June 02, 2022 02:02 AM by nick_nv04 nick_nv04 | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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