Wow! I haven't seen any fireflies, but I have pretty much all winter
had the occasional mosquito in the house. Even gotten bitten once or
twice. It seems somehow embarrassing to be scratching a mosquito bite
I've currently got five male and three female cardinals at my feeders,
which you would think might provoke some song, but not yet. The House
Finches are singing like crazy. None of my dozen or so Goldfinches are
showing any sign of brightening plumage, though.
Al Merritt wrote:
> On January 29th at about 1:30 in the morning I was looking out the window of
> our front door toward the road in hopes of catching a glimpse of a very
> noisy automobile/truck that had been frequenting our road in the wee hours,
> racing its engine and speeding past the house. As I stood there staring into
> the darkness I thought that I saw a tiny light blink out of the corner of my
> eye. Was it the reflection of a house light? Couldn't be . . . the house was
> in complete darkness. I gazed in that direction again and sure enough a tiny
> sparkle of light came from the main beam along the front roof of our porch.
> My God, I thought, it can't be a lightning bug it's the end of January and
> 14 degrees. I waited. In about 20 seconds it flashed again this time it was
> closer and appeared to be hovering about 3 feet from my nose which by this
> time was pressed against the pane. It is a firefly! I watched not believing
> my eyes. How could this be? It continued with its flashing every 20 seconds,
> occasionally returning to its spot on the beam then back to its hovering
> position in the middle of the porch. I called to my wife and said "you're
> not going to believe this but there is a firefly blinking on our porch". She
> was not about to leave the warmth of her bed to see my "find", so the next
> night she checked it out herself and saw exactly the same ritual that I had
> witnessed. Ten days later this strange little insect is still making its
> nightly appearance in the same location on our front porch.
> Has anyone out there heard of or witnessed such a behavior in the
> middle of winter?
> Al Merritt
> W. Brattleboro, VT
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