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Crow’s Nest: The sounds of summer

July 21, 2014

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

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The cicadas started calling ¬†around July 8. Before that, we might have had summer temperatures, and the calendar said summer was here, but it really isn’t summer until we hear them. I call it “high summer,” even as the days have already started getting shorter. When I was young I remember going to scout camp in the Poconos in summer and it was quiet at home when I left, and not so quiet a week later when I returned. A bit earlier in my life I used to make armies of the dried exoskeletons after their emergence from them.

I don’t find them is such numbers at the preserve today, usually just one at a time. I don’t know if they are more common in the concrete and split-level home suburbs of my youth, or whether their numbers have dwindled over time.

This one was hanging on the chicken coop this morning waiting for the sun to get a little higher.

 

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