Backyard Wildlife

Here’s another view of the mantis from a couple of weeks ago:

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And here is a picture taken yesterday down at the pond:

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I briefly saw the ducks, too; a group of about eight ducks flew off as soon as I approached the pond. The geese hung around until Diane and Ritka arrived, then decided to leave, too.

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

2 thoughts on “Backyard Wildlife

  • 2007/08/14 at 9:52 pm

    Cool. I could never get any work done at all living at your house. Well, maybe a few weeks in the spring and fall depending on the freeze.

    I would probably try to get a project on freshwater liminology. I just recoverd a new species of leech, one that infests tuna stomachs. (I have found zero literature on leeches in the stomachs of tuna. These critters are the second I have discovered, 9 years ago I found a clearly related leech in some yellowfin tuna. They were supposed to have been written up by now. I plan to name them after my brother. My wife would slug me!)

    Could we aply for funding to study fish leeches from your pond? ;)

  • 2007/08/15 at 7:49 am

    Studying invertebrates has its advantages; institutional care committees don’t when it comes to them.

    I’d just be concerned that it is rather a small pond, but I suppose it does have plenty of avian vectors linking it to other bodies of freshwater. So, sure, why not?

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