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  •  No beach to comb here but I find some interesting (5+ / 0-)

    things along the river banks from time to time. When I pick something up along the Missouri or Mississippi I always wonder how far it traveled down river and how long ago it began it's journey. Did it come from a half mile upstream this morning or did it start downriver several states away five years ago, maybe getting beached several times along the way, to wait for the next flood to float it free again?

    Your comment about finding things in multiples rang a bell with me, though on something unrelated to beach debris. As I've been documenting the moths this past year, one of the first things I noticed was that whenever a new species shows up , you can almost always count on more examples of that species that night and for a time afterwards, and then after awhile,  their numbers dwindle until they aren't seen again. It's so clear that the different species  have very definite seasons in which they fly and mate , and live and die.  Although I'm concentrating on moths, I've noticed that the same holds true for other things as well, like beetles and flies, etc. Very cool stuff and the ever-changing species helps to keep it interesting.

    A summer tanager has staked out a territory in our front yard and has been singing a lot today. He goes from the old walnut to a maple to a catalpa and then starts over.   So far we haven't seen any females. But with his great singing abilities I expect it's just a matter of time. We're rootin for him.

    Thanks for this interesting diary mole.
     

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:15:19 PM PDT

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