Drumming on her nest tree and then flying around for a bit before going back in her nest cavity. Ward Canyon, 6/28/12. Note that the habitat is mature mixed conifer, predominately white fir with some lodgepole, plus a few scattered Jeffreys, but NOT in a burn.
A little (audio) footage of the singing Least Flycatcher first found by Kevin Spencer on 6/29/12. Quite possibly the same bird from the same area seen in 2008. I also patched in the one reasonable photo I managed. The bird is visible at the top of the snag in the second clip. This footage is from 7/2/12.
You'll probably want to turn up the audio on your computer to hear the song.
Back for his 18th winter. I paddled out to within 30 meters, while he was napping. He perked up and swam right over for a little howdy-do. An absolute sweetheart of a bird.
Listen closely for two different vocalizations. I edited out my own attempts to mimic, as they came across very loud (and embarrassing) on the mic.
At one point after the movie clip, I offered him some sardines packed in soybean oil. It grabbed up the first fish, but didn't like it at all, from the oil I suppose. Next time I'll bring straight, unadulterated fish. Better yet, squid.
During both the odonates blitz, and a recent odes and plants outing with the Nevada Native Plant Society, we found some pretty strange creatures in the water. Will Richardson is the brave hand in these clips.
The first is an adult Horsehair Worm, aka Gordian Worm, aka Nematomorpha, found in the beaver pond at the Bridge Tract in Meyers. Of course, at the time, we were absolutely perplexed as to what this was. It felt almost wooden and seemed to move in a fairly stiff manner. The adults are free-swimming, but the larvae are internal parasites of arthropods. It's amazing that they can get so large!
The second creatures are leeches, found at Osgood Swamp. What you can see are two hermaphroditic adults with dozens of immatures clinging to their undersides. It turns out that many species of leeches are quite nurturing parents, and many care for their young in a variety of ways. A few detached immatures can be seen also explore the surface of my hand. Thanks to Dennis Ghiglieri for the still photos!