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 > POST: Send your post to <obol...> > JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol > OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol > Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> > >