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Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US

Subject: Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US
From: "Gregory O'Drobinak" gmo_dunes=
Date: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:31 pm ((PDT))

Rob & John:

I heard a few crickets about three weeks ago and then nothing.
Things are very quiet this evening as they were about 60 miles north last n=
ight in an undisturbed prairie area. I do find this somewhat unsettling.

It's been cool ( almost cold ) this year and I have had a fungus growth whi=
ch has decimated about half of my lawn due to the lack of sun and the very =
wet weather.
Never had a problem with this since 1994.

The only insects that seem to be somewhat normal are the mosquitos ad the f=
I also have a silver maple that has some strange growth issues and is shedd=
ing some bark.

We do have a few cicadas, but nothing like last year.

As for songbirds, there are mainly robins and red-winged blackbirds, but th=
ey are mainly here because of the marsh areas in the Dunes National Lakesho=
No sign of hummingbirds this season.

The bee activity around or garden seems almost normal, however.

I believe that the cool, wet weather is the culprit, but who knows for sure=

Greg O.

From: "John Crockett  [naturerecordists]" <naturerecordists=>
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] lack of insect singing in upper midwest of=

It's still a little early in the season for much singing insect
behavior here in Vermont, but so far it sounds pretty typical (which
is to say not much - a few crickets is about all. Give it another
month and we should be in the thick of it). Fortunately we have had
tremendous bird activity this year, where last year we hardly heard a
bird all year. That was scary.


On Jul 18, 2014, at 1:33 PM, Rob Danielson 
[naturerecordists] wrote:

> Hi-
> Have others in the upper midwest US noticed almost no insect
> singing this summer?
> We had a very cold winter, a very slow fade-in spring and as yet no
> stretches of really warm days/nights.
> Could populations just be really low? I've seen only a few small
> crickets and small grasshoppers.
> Its very eerie to have the windows open at night in mid July and
> hear nothing except a single cricket chirp for 2-4 seconds and
> maybe again in 15 minutes,..
> Thanks
> Rob D.
> ------------------------------------
> Posted by: Rob Danielson <>
> ------------------------------------
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie
> Krause.
> ------------------------------------
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