Birds, Bryophytes, and Mysteries

Fog with some drizzle this morning. Later in the day, higher clouds and breezy.

Yesterday’s 2.16 inches more than doubled the prior record for the day of 0.93 inches set in 1988. It also the February total up to 13.25 inches. That is just shy of the 2020 February total of 13.38 inches and good for fourth place all time.

I spent some time out this afternoon with a stop at Swan Lake and a second along Kramer Avenue.

The Eurasian Wigeon was back at the lake along with three American Wigeons. The Wood Duck remains as well.

Just a skiff of ice remains off the radio station. It seems likely it will melt off within the next day or so.

I picked up some bryophytes at Kramer Avenue in a scrubby forest in transition to muskeg area just off the road.

Among the things I noticed were bright orange something, perhaps I’ll be able to say more after looking in a microscope.

Much of the remainder of the day I spent cleaning up a bit more, then working with microscopes and collections. Looking through collections and getting photographs is kind of a slow process.

I don’t currently have a setup where I can have multiple microscopes going at once. This means I need to do initial looking in a dissecting scope. When I get strands/leaves to look at under the compound scope I have swap them out. Each swap doesn’t that much time, but it does add up.

Since I tend to be fussy about wanting good photos, it’s also going to be a challenge to deal with dust and debris of various sorts. I think I’ll mostly just decide to live with less aesthetically satisfying photos, and maybe every so often try to get something better.

I’ll need to get more organized and faster or limit my collecting quite a bit if I hope to have much success with this.

One thing I noticed while poking through the collections was a white or transluscent worm-like thing. It was dead, and in rough condition beyond that, but I did take some pictures of it with the compound scope. I doubt I will ever get a species name for it, but am hopeful to learn what group it’s in. Perhaps a large nematode?

My iNaturalist Observations for Today

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