Archivos de diario de diciembre 2018

06 de diciembre de 2018

First Treks to the Village Creek Drying Beds

Well last weekend I decided to venture out to the Village Creek Drying Beds. It was on my to do list for so long but never went out to explore it. Last weekend was the first time I went out there. After my volunteer day at River Legacy my aunt brought me lunch and then we hopped over to the Drying Beds and walked all the way around it. Such a cool place to go to; don't know why I avoided it all of this time. When I went out there I wasn't that close to the birds so I took some random group shots just to see what all I could get. mainly there were Shovelers, Mallards, Coots, Wigeons that I could see. It was not until I got back home on Saturday that I had so much more than what I could see. I got Northern Pintails and a Green-winged Teal and some other things. There was a lot of cool stuff out there. @charley lead a hike out there on Sunday and I thought I would go and see what I could find with him. We walked in-between some of the ponds and found some more cool things like a few Ruddy Ducks which are one of the cutest little ducks in my book. There was also a Kestrel, Meadowlark, and a few others I didn't see the first time I went out there. I need to go out there much more often. Who knows what I have been missing out on in the spring time. Dragonflies must be really something out there. I need to go there and just strictly look for insects during the warmer months. I think I am going to try and do that during the City Nature Challenge this year. I try to change up my City Nature Challenge sites to visit each year even though I always seem to go to many of the big places just to get more numbers of things. Drying Beds is a new location to my plan of action for the 2019 City Nature Challenge. It is quite the place; didn't know what to expect but it was a pretty cool place. I am very interested to see what else might turn up there. Might even go when there is a rarity in the area. Missed out on the Surf Scoter but I am sure I will be able to find one sooner or later. It is kind of a neat little place. I am looking forward to going back sometime. I still have that winter trip to start getting ready for down at the coast. I am so pumped I have so many places lined up. I may not make it to all but that is for a later entry. So until then this is your pal Zachary Chapman signing off. I will see you on the trail.

Ingresado el 06 de diciembre de 2018 por galactic_bug_man galactic_bug_man | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

19 de diciembre de 2018

Coastal trek 2018 update

Me and the fam are just a day away from our trek to the coast. Last minute preparations are underway. I have gotten all my gear packed and ready to go for the most part. I have my insect field guide, dragonfly field guide, my Peterson bird guide, my National Wildlife Federation Bird Guide, my plant guides, and my tree guide. I have my Canon Rebel T6 with both lenses and my Nikon just in case some one wants to use it or if I need the backup. I am also bringing my beat sheet and my tree beating stick to catch bugs. It is supposed to be really nice so I might get a few cool ones down there. As @briangooding reminded me at one of the Master Naturalist meetings that their might be some things still flying around down there at this time of year. I have my clothes ready to be packed, I have the stuff in the house charging and ready to go. I will take along my battery charger to take to the hotel for over night charging. I am planning to get a bunch of stuff during the trip. I am not going to pass up anything. I am taking photos of shells, crabs, bugs, birds, plants, you name it. I am going to hopefully spend some time at a beach to look for shells and stuff. I am looking forward to going to most of the place I have no my list. I may not make it to all but that is an adventure for another time. I have been looking forward to going back to the coast. I am so excited about it. We are leaving bright and early tomorrow night after we get all of our bags packed and stuff. I am looking forward to getting a ton of new photos of things I have never seen before. I am just giddy with anticipation. This is the first big outing with my new camera and I can't wait to see what this baby can do down there. I have field tested it and so far I love what I am seeing. I still have a few bugs to work out but I am getting the hang of it. I will be playing video games with my brother just to keep him occupied on the trek. He just got the new Super Smash Brothers Ultimate when it was released. I will also bring my tech just to pass the time when I am not brushing up on nature study. I will be checking the books to better familiarize myself with species that may be down there in which I may encounter. I am keeping an eye out on plants too. I am not too familiar with the plants down at the coast and I have not really got many plants in past trips. This is basically a clean sweep trek to get everything and anything. It is going to be awesome to see what might be down when I get there. I know just let nature take its course and let it be a surprise. I am eager and ready to go out again. I am looking forward to this. I hope that everything runs very smoothly and I hope the catch will be epic. I can bet that there will be a massive photo dump after the trek so be on the look out for more coastal photos. So until after the trek this is Zachary Chapman signing off. Stay safe and I will see you on the trail.

Ingresado el 19 de diciembre de 2018 por galactic_bug_man galactic_bug_man | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario