|Autumn morning beauty|
|Convenient but deadly|
I've since learned that uncapped gate posts are also deathtraps for cavity-nesting birds. Birds fly in looking for a nesting site and can't get out again. This is due to the narrow diameter of the tube preventing them from flying, and the slick inner surface preventing them from climbing. Gate owners: cap your posts!
|Location of Spokane Co., Wash. 2013 collecting sites|
The place was so peaceful that if it hadn't been for the occasional beer cap in the weeds or graffiti on the dock, I could have believed that we were the only people alive. Even the distant train whistle somehow reinforced this feeling.
|Many cones were in grass|
|Another day, another shield bug|
There was also a lot of dragonfly activity in the lake's marginal wetlands.
|English, Spanish & Russian|
All good spider expeditions end with a twilight stop at Mountain High Hamburgers in Easton. We happily celebrated this tradition before heading over Snoqualmie Pass and back to Seattle.
Here end my pine cone spider narratives for 2013. The next set of blog posts will describe my 2012 pine cone spider survey in an eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) forest in central Massachusetts. Stay tuned!
|View of Fish Lake from cone sampling site|