Putting at Ease
Recently there have been discussions about ticks on the Sweet Water Trail. I have heard reports of many seen at one time in the same spot. Today I was asked about it, so I went to the specific location to confirm (or not) what was present.
Hopefully to the relief of those concerned, I found what some may be confusing with deer ticks. I DID NOT find any ticks, however I did find plenty of young boxelder bugs. Young boxelder bugs look different from adult boxelder bugs.
Young Boxelder Bugs:
Boxelder Bugs are not harmful to humans, but can emit an odor and do congregate in large numbers.
For your review I am going to share a graphic showing what deer and wood ticks look like. The source of the graphic is “Healthwise Incorporated”.
Deer Tick and Wood Tick Comparisons:
Now for other wildlife topics…
During my activities I watched a young bald eagle fledgling flying around and return to the nest area. I do not think this was the first time the bird had flown due to its skill.
Bald Eagle Fledgling:
Near the bald eagle I was treated to an eastern kingbird that flew near me and paused on a fence.
Eastern Kingbird on Fence: