18 de abril de 2022

Why releasing Mason Bees on your property is a bad idea

In the last few weeks, I have been asked by three people questions about buying and releasing Mason Bees onto their property, so I thought I would sit down and write-up why I think that is a bad idea. All of the sources listed are free, so anyone interested can read further.


Publicado em 18 de abril de 2022, 02:24 AM por neylon neylon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

20 de dezembro de 2021

White Pines Christmas Bird Count

Every year come Christmas Bird Count season I do several counts, one of them is the White Pines CBC centering around Oregon IL. My area is on the SW edge near Dixon. Mostly farm land, with the Rock River dividing my territory in half (I actually have to leave the circle to get from one side of the river to the other), and a couple of Dixon City parks that have good habitat.

I wasn't expecting a good count this year: waterfowl haven't shown up in any good variety, and lack of snow on the ground means that finding birds in farm land would be difficult. But wow, in spite both of those things being true, I had a great day.

I don't usually do any pre-dawn owling for this circle because I have to drive 50 minutes to even get on site, so I typically do my owling after dark. But this year I was on site by 0600 and the air was so still it would have been a sin to not try for owls and I scored Eastern Screech-Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl, easily the best haul I've had here. Later in the day I added two Christmas Bird Count life birds with a very photogenic Red-shouldered Hawk and a not so photogenic Northern Shrike. A dense thicket with a mountain bike trail was packed with sparrows, waxwings, Chickadees, and this titmouse eating a caterpillar.

In the end, I got 42 species, got decent coverage on the area, and even got to get home earlier, since I didn't have to stay out to look for owls. I don't usually write journal posts but I really had a good day.

Publicado em 20 de dezembro de 2021, 10:42 PM por neylon neylon | 4 observações | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

21 de maio de 2021

Bombus affinis

Publicado em 21 de maio de 2021, 01:38 PM por neylon neylon | 1 observação | 5 comentários | Deixar um comentário

20 de maio de 2021

Bombus pensylvanicus vs Bombus auricomus

This is part three for ID-a-thon.
This goes over pensylvanicus vs auricomus predominantly, but also touches on a couple of other species.

Updated to Google Slides which looks a lot better then it did on Google Docs and fixed a lot of the problems that I was having before. At this point I do need to add a section covering Bombus terricola.

Publicado em 20 de maio de 2021, 08:33 PM por neylon neylon | 5 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Distinguishing Bombus impatiens, bimaculatus, & griseocollis

This is the second part of the ID-a-thon bee presentation. Re-done in google slides, looks a lot better, will update the others in the series in this format.


Publicado em 20 de maio de 2021, 01:51 AM por neylon neylon | 16 comentários | Deixar um comentário

19 de maio de 2021

Bumble Bees vs other Insects

I made this for the upcoming ID-a-thon, it's basically a brief look at Bumble Bees and some of the groups that I see commonly mistaken for them.

Updated to slides.

Publicado em 19 de maio de 2021, 01:43 AM por neylon neylon | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário