|Lower Wekiva River Preserve|
I went to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve this morning, hoping to confirm breeding of Bachman's Sparrows. I found a probable nest site there a little over a month ago, but I've never been able to confirm that they're breeding there. This morning, all that changed. I arrived at the site and almost immediately the sparrow below popped up on a branch. Adult Bachman's Sparrows have no streaks on the chest or sides, so this one is juvenile.
|Bachman's Sparrow (Juvenile)|
It was also fun to see a couple White-tailed Deer. They were right at the entrance to the trail, and they didn't seem to mind me much as I approached.
I also came across this fly. It was flying near me, and it seemed really loud. When it landed I decided to see if I could get some photos. Some turned out pretty well. After getting home, I searched the internet to see if I could find out what kind of fly it is. My best guess is some species of Tangle-veined Fly, and I think it's a Neorhynchocephalus volaticus.
I was pretty amazed by the mouth on this guy. You can see it pointing down in this photo.
I also came across many Tarflowers. These are lovely seven-petaled flowers that attract bees and flies, but the bees and flies are often trapped by their sticky flowers--hence the name.
I found several bear tracks along the trail I was walking, but I saw no bears. All in all, this was a pretty fun morning.
A flying eye. Is there a structural difference I wonder, this eye vs. a common house fly's? Does, indeed, eye size make a difference?ReplyDelete
I don't know, but this is about the coolest fly I've ever seen.ReplyDelete
What a great morning you had! Great shots of the young Bachman's! And the fly is awesome!ReplyDelete
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