Learned so much. And wait till you see the next Monday Morning (Murder?) Mystery.
The Monday bonus mystery asked:
Is this what I think it is?
If it is, then it has one of the most (appropriately( disgusting names ever...)
From High Mountain today....
I figured it was either Colonel Mustard scat or Dog Vomit Slime Mold. iNaturalist said the latter, and so did Carol Flanagan.
Kudos to Carol.
Meet at the Green Way entrance to the Celery Farm on Saturday, September 18, at 9 a.m. for a plant identification walk led by Mike Lefebvre, who completed a compilation of plants at the Celery Farm earlier this summer.
I will sell 2022 Celery Farm calendars before the walk. $15 each.
The rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 25. Free and open to the public.
Had a delightful afternoon at State Line Hawk Watch yesterday, even if the Broad-wings ignored my memo and stayed away in droves. Highlights included nine Bald Eagles and 25 American Kestrels. Plus lots of Monarch butterflies and a skink or two.
(A big thanks to everyone with eyes on the skies!)
Here's more pix and the list:
State Line Hawk Watch Sept. 16 totals
Observation Start Time (EST) - 8 am
Observation End Time (EST) - 4 pm
Official Counter(s) - Gil Hawkins, Jim Wright
Observers - Rob, Ben, Brian, Kevin Watson, Karen, Linda, Big Dave, Patty, Kevin, Sally, et al.
Brief Weather Summary - 67 to 78 degrees, wind speed 3-8 mph, visibility 10 miles...
BV - 0
TV - 0
OS - 34
BE - 9
NH - 2
SS - 3
CH - 1
NG - 0
RS - 0
BW - 13
RT - 0
RL - 0
AK - 25
ML - 2
UA - 0
UB - 0
UF - 0
UE - 0
UR - 0
TOTAL - 89
Monarchs - We counted 268 Monarchs but probably missed that many more. Every time we got on a raptor, we'd see a Monarch..
Additional Comments: 9 Ravens, 18 DC Cormorants
The star of the column is Karl Soehnlein's photo of a broad-winged hawk over the State Line Lookout in Alpine.
You can read the column here: