5.16.2006

Something Unexpected


Guess what we saw using this clump of old tent caterpillar web...go ahead, guess.

Okay, I'll give you some background information:
-The tent caterpillars used this last year, so the webbing is old.
-The web is in a sourwood tree and the sourwood tree is on a piece of high ground adjacent to the swamp.
-The clump of web is about 12 feet off the ground.
-The critter using the web usually uses Spanish moss.


So what did we see?: FloridaCracker came the closest with his guess of a prothonotary warbler. It was indeed a warbler, a Northern Parula Warbler to be exact. I've seen them nest in Spanish moss, but I've never seen one use an old tent caterpillar web. Guess I'll have to pay closer attention from now on...

7 comments:

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Aardvark! It's an aardvark!

Jenn said...

Oo.. it's a bat, right!?! Is it in the picture?

(I didn't see the rattlesnake in that long ago shot, either. I blame bad eyesight!)

Floridacracker said...

Bat seems reasonable...or a pro warbler.

Cindy Lee said...

I live in north eastern carolina on the Outer Banks can you tell me what swamp you are exploring.

I havent a clue what is in that photo!

I like your site

swamp4me said...

Mr. B, wow! You're exactly...wrong ;)

Jenn, good guess, but no cigar. And no, the critter isn't in the picture.

FC, oooo...so close, but not quite.

Hi Cindy Lee, I'm glad you like the site. Most of the pictures here are taken in Gates County -- as the crow flies, we're about 50 or 60 miles inland from the OBX.

Floridacracker said...

I feel quite avian for getting close :)

Anonymous said...

lokked like a monkey to me.

SQ