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I'm exited to see the photos one you get around to uploading them. How difficult did you find the dark jungle conditions?

Yea it will be a while till I get them on eBird. It’s pretty difficult with the dark lighting in the shadows but I used an external fill-in flash for some pictures.

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On 7/28/2021 at 11:26 AM, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Belted Kingfisher today! Worth it for waking up at 5:30 in the morning and getting bitten by swarms of mosquitoes by the river.

Invest in bug spray. But, even then in this hobby bug bites are going to happen. Mosquitos, Deer Flies, Ticks, Fire Ants, Spiders, No see ums I have been bitten by them all. The first 3 Colorado. Florida for all of them. I still have two Fire Ant bite marks that I got in early spring this year and they still flare up and itch and burn once in awhile. Welcome to the wonderful world of birding.

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3 hours ago, Clip said:

Invest in bug spray. But, even then in this hobby bug bites are going to happen. Mosquitos, Deer Flies, Ticks, Fire Ants, Spiders, No see ums I have been bitten by them all. The first 3 Colorado. Florida for all of them. I still have two Fire Ant bite marks that I got in early spring this year and they still flare up and itch and burn once in awhile. Welcome to the wonderful world of birding.

If y'all are like me, you walk into cactus(and everything else that burns or stabs), fall in holes,  and of course walk through a hundred thousand spider webs.

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25 minutes ago, Kevin said:

If y'all are like me, you walk into cactus(and everything else that burns or stabs), fall in holes,  and of course walk through a hundred thousand spider webs.

In Michigan, instead of holes, in marshy areas it usually is ground that looks pretty firm at a glance, but gives way as soon as you put any weight on it...

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4 hours ago, Clip said:

Invest in bug spray. But, even then in this hobby bug bites are going to happen. Mosquitos, Deer Flies, Ticks, Fire Ants, Spiders, No see ums I have been bitten by them all. The first 3 Colorado. Florida for all of them. I still have two Fire Ant bite marks that I got in early spring this year and they still flare up and itch and burn once in awhile. Welcome to the wonderful world of birding.

 

35 minutes ago, Kevin said:

If y'all are like me, you walk into cactus(and everything else that burns or stabs), fall in holes,  and of course walk through a hundred thousand spider webs.

 

4 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

In Michigan, instead of holes, in marshy areas it usually is ground that looks pretty firm at a glance, but gives way as soon as you put any weight on it...

I don't really have to worry about those, but the mosquitoes are bad and sometimes the horse flies and blackflies. I usually try to put on bug spray. 

Article by Nick Lund (of course) about bugs while birding-

https://www.audubon.org/news/birdist-rule-45-learn-deal-incredibly-annoying-bugs

 

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16 hours ago, Kevin said:

If y'all are like me, you walk into cactus(and everything else that burns or stabs), fall in holes,  and of course walk through a hundred thousand spider webs.

When my husband and I walk in areas with spider webs across the trail my gallant husband goes first. He now has a walking stick to use to clear the path ahead of us. But, yes I have been on many a trail with webs strung across. Mostly single strands but on one trail in particular here in Florida I almost walked face first into a couple of orb weaver webs that had been built across the path. Huge webs as much 4 ft. high and 6 ft. across complete with the huge spider in the middle. This is when hubby started going first.  Cactus not too much of a problem here in Florida but we do have some cactus. Which kind of surprised me with all the moisture here but I guess it is the sandy soil they like.

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16 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

 

 

I don't really have to worry about those, but the mosquitoes are bad and sometimes the horse flies and blackflies. I usually try to put on bug spray. 

Article by Nick Lund (of course) about bugs while birding-

https://www.audubon.org/news/birdist-rule-45-learn-deal-incredibly-annoying-bugs

 

Had my first encounter with chiggers this summer. Not Fun! I ended up with one ankle just covered in what I believe were chigger bites. Took a week for them heal and stop itching and burning.

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12 hours ago, Clip said:

Had my first encounter with chiggers this summer. Not Fun! I ended up with one ankle just covered in what I believe were chigger bites. Took a week for them heal and stop itching and burning.

Once I had about 75 chigger bites at once. 25 on each leg, and 25 on my chest & back. The plane flight back from Texas was awful.

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Today I saw my first Limpkin. It is in western Maryland, over an hour from my house. It was foraging along the river bank, and at one point was maybe 200 feet from the assembled birders. It hadn't been reported yesterday, though it had been for some preceding days, and I almost didn't go. I am so glad I did decide to look for it. 

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12 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

I still had some residual scars nine months later...

No residual scars from the chiggers but I do have two Fire Ant bites that continue to bother me and have marks from early spring. Had 24 bites from that encounter so I guess I'm probably lucky only two remain.

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Can I put life Butterflies here too. Meet the Southern Skipperling. Not only is this a life butterfly for me it is also my very first Skipperling. It is listed in my butterfly book under Tiny Orange Skippers. Emphasis goes on the TINY part. Intially I thought it was one of those teeny tiny moths one catches a glimpse of often only orange. I decided to put my binoculars on it since it landed and could then see it was a butterfly. My book doesn't give a measurement but I'm going to guesstimate a 1/4 inch long. This brings my butterfly life list to 119. 

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13 hours ago, Clip said:

No residual scars from the chiggers but I do have two Fire Ant bites that continue to bother me and have marks from early spring. Had 24 bites from that encounter so I guess I'm probably lucky only two remain.

Ow!

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