William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 12, July, 2010

Natural History

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamthecoroner @ 17:19

An eventful day. First, one of the perigrin falcons was seen at the E55th St. Marina again. I don’t know which one it was, but they have a plethora of pigeons, swifts, starlings, and gulls to lunch on. I’m not surprised they hunt there.

Later, I saw a Hairy woodpecker in my backyard. I’ve heard them drumming before, and that kind of worries me–considering the age and height of the trees in my garden. But this one was right visible, on the frame holding up my neighbor’s fruit tree. The frame is made of treated wood, I don’t think the woodpecker was going to find it happy hunting, at least I hope not.

Finally, though, there was a big caterpillar. The butterfly garden has been attracting the monarchs and the tiger swallowtails, but this one was big, yellow, and spiky. From what I can tell, this was a tussock moth caterpillar. Whatever. It seemed to be happy on the lawn chair, and who am I do disturb it? Of course, it may become dinner for the skunks–much like the slugs so

1 Comment »

  1. When you start seeing the Pileated Woodpeckers in your yard, that’s when you gotta worry…

    Comment by Katie — Wednesday, 14, July, 2010 @ 11:54 | Reply

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