Date: 1/2/18 11:51 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Now I need flycatchers
Hmm, I just checked for large animals, garbage, dead things, or dung.
Didn't find anything. I wonder if I should take more frequent showers?
Bob
PS Thanks for the Fly-ID Mike, I was hoping you would respond.

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 8:13 AM, Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:

> There are several groups of flies that fly adventitiously on warm
> winter days (at least here on the coast). Most are small midges and
> gnats that swarm in clouds and feed kinglets and winter warblers.
>
> But I suspect that Bob is talking about the more typical large flies.
> The GOLDEN DUNG FLIES (_Scathophaga stercoraria_) is the easiest to
> identify and is common in winter where there are cows or elk. Perhaps
> the reason pipits are so fond of cow pastures.
>
> There are also several species of saprophagous blow flies that all
> look more or less the same that can be found, often sunning themselves
> on the warm side of buildings near farm buildings and places near
> garbage cans or dead things. If you happen upon a phoebe or a Palm
> Warbler, there's a fair chance they're going for these.
>
> None of these fun facts are meant to take anything away from Bob's
> larger point that the climate is, indeed, changing.
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> That question...
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3294
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