Date: 6/3/19 9:02 pm From: 'New_Oath Brand' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Magicicada
I have found half a dozen cicada shells in the past two weeks here in Rockville. They are smaller than annual cicadas, which don't emerge here for another three weeks or so. We see one or two most years. The real 17 year emergence is a glorious din but the piles of shells start to stink after a while. That's when to look for Mississippi Kites.
Paul O'BrienRockville, MD
From: Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...>
To: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Cc: MDBirds <mdbirding...>
Sent: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 11:12 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Magicicada
Are you sure they aren't one of the annual cicada species?
On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 8:45 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
No, this is not about birds - though it is about potential bird food - but we are seeing some early emergers from Brood X (the “Big Brood”) of periodical cicadas - three species of the wonderfully-named genus Magicicada. I have been hearing them along Northwest Branch in Montgomery County and also in Wheaton Regional Park. This is two years early, as this is a 17-year brood. We also had early emergers two years ago - at 13 years - in exactly the same place. The calling sounds fairly thin so assume not too many out there. For those new to the area, just wait! (And expect high bird-breeding success in 2021 as well...)