Some more hamster activity today! Anyone have any idea what the behaviour at 0:57 is? Looks like it’s trying to flatten grass, but I imagine it’d rather rest in its hole than on the surface.
Here’s a python snippet for analysing an iNaturalist export file and exporting an HTML-formatted list of species which only have observations from a single person (e.g. this list for the CNC Wien 2021)
Day 4 of the #CityNatureChallenge was very successful after the storm-related inactivity of day 3, with 106 observations from the Lobau and Prater. Highlights include:
My first sighting of wild european pond turtles
My first black woodpeckers
This interesting spider
These enormous beetle larvae
This cool looking moth
And many, many oil beetles
That makes a total of 213 observations over the long weekend. It’ll take some time for them to be identifed down to species level, but it looks like at least 130 individual species.
Day 2 of the #CityNatureChallenge: I finally made it to the Lainzer Tiergarten and made 73 observations, the highlights of which included:
Some enormous woodlice
Some sort of Polydesmus, curled up on a little wall it had built to protect its eggs
Plenty of Glomeris and pill woodlice
A red squirrel
A nuthatch — not a great photo, but they’re one of my favourite woodland birds
One of the furriest moths I’ve ever seen — I think it’s a chimney sweep moth? If so, it’s an appropriate name.
And finally, this enormous severed stag beetle head.
Made 34 observations on the first day of the #CityNatureChallenge Wien. Nothing particularly remarkable, except for the biggest frog I’ve ever seen, and lots of hamster activity, including some fights and parents with young, which I’ve not seen before.
The wild hamsters are active again! Saw about 20 of them today.
Watching the colours mix and flow is almost as beautiful as the painting itself
My summer workout is going for a walk in the woods around a village named for its horsefly population. 30 minutes waving my arms around then 20 minutes jogging to try to get away from them, the CO2 and sweat attracting more and more
A morning of post-travel sleep left me with enough energy to help secure the last of the twelve fruit trees at the mill, and make little name signs for all the varieties.
Thanks to the new door and my dehumidifier, the workshop is finally down to 54% air humidity, suitable for instrument building. We also had many good discussions with some lovely visitors about them potentially moving here, and the future of the project. Tomorrow some pigs will arrive to help us plough the garden, and while I was away a pair of barn owls moved into one of the dead poplar trunks by the gate. Generally everything’s looking up…