The Question: It’s VERY hot and humid here in Milwaukee – the cicadas and other insects seem to be the only ones enjoying it. Last night while walking my dog about dusk, I saw two different mourning doves being “chased” by something about 1.5 inches (4 cm) or so. The bird was flying quickly – in one case it had tried to land in a maple tree and then seems to have been sent off as this shape followed it. Could the tormenter be a cicada?
The Question: I found these holes in a single tree, amidst dense forest. They were freshly made, with no sign of human footprints (there was snow), but no animal tracks either. They look very man-made, but could not have been. They appeared in a 24 hour period. Could you shed any light on them please?
The Question: I think I’ve identified the pink bird in these photos as a Roseate Spoonbill, but I’m not sure about the white birds. I used an app called Merlin, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and it looks like a White Ibis, but I can’t find a speck of black on them, and they’re supposed to have black tips on their wings?