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Those 17-year Cicadas

Subject: Those 17-year Cicadas
From: "Ray Mansell" BCTess
Date: Sat Jun 1, 2013 12:04 pm ((PDT))
Here in New York's Hudson Valley, we're at the peak of the Brood II Cicada
emergence. This happens once every 17 years, so I felt compelled to record
the event - I likely won't be able to the next time!

I just posted a short recording at, and will likely be
posting more in the coming days. This particular recording was made at
around noon today, 1st June 2013, at this location:

The cicadas were everywhere, and several landed on me as I was recording.
They are alien-looking creatures, but perfectly harmless, and there are
literally billions of them in this brood, which covers many hundreds of
miles from North Carolina to northern New York. Birds and other predators
gorge themselves, and you can hear a cat bird singing along with the
cicadas - perhaps anticipating a feast.


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