The largest of the North American Woodpeckers. Body is mostly black with a red crest. Males crest starts from the forehead and has a red mustache. The females crest starts above the forehead and doesn't have the red mustache. \ Both have a black stripe across the eyes and from the side of the head (except for the female which starts at the bill) and down the neck to the throat. Bill is long and thick. The young are ready to fledge so the parents don't spend much time at the nest and feed them less often to get them to come out.
The tongue of these woodpeckers are about 6 inches long with barbed ends to fish out bugs in the holes they drill.
The Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia) is a widespread ascomycete fungus in the order Pezizales. The brilliant orange, cup-shaped ascocarps often resemble orange peels strewn on the ground, giving this species its common name. The orange peel fungus grows on bare clay or disturbed soil throughout North America and Europe. Aleuria aurantia fruits mainly in late summer and autumn. Wikipedia
Hi Dave.. so what's happening... are these flies multiplying? (they do that)
Do you want to keep this 'Dave Welch' account going or should we end it? We need to replace one of the spottings... thanks... crazy looking flies btw.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.