Kip’s Comments 6-9-18

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

 
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 Bug (Young) - Image 508741 (© Kip Ladage)

Boxelder Bug (Young) – Image 508741 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Boxelder Bug (Young) - Image 508766 (© Kip Ladage)

Boxelder Bug (Young) – Image 508766 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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:   

deer and wood tick sizes

deer and wood tick sizes

 

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:   

Bald Eagle Fledgling - Image 508643 (© Kip Ladage)

Bald Eagle Fledgling – Image 508643 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Near the bald eagle I was treated to an eastern kingbird that flew near me and paused on a fence. 

Eastern Kingbird on Fence:

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508737 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Kingbird on Fence – Image 508737 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Kingbird on Fence – Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508726 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Kingbird on Fence – Image 508726 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508697 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Kingbird on Fence – Image 508697 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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