Termite Hatchout

We were all looking at a House Wren working a stump when I glanced down to see a rotten log crawling with termites.  Nice. I was hopeful that a good sized mixed flock of (preferably) warblers would come to scoop them up.

The termites milled about then one by one took off, lifting into the air, glittering in the sunlight like fairy dust.  For most, their maiden voyage was cut short when the birds came to gobble them up.  It started with the House Wren, then the White-throated Sparrows, and Robins got in the act.  A Northern Parula showed up and so did a Veery and several Hermit Thrushes.

Many logs and stumps were crawling with termites in the heat of the day.  It is the time of year, if you seen one, keep watch, the birds will come.


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6 responses to “Termite Hatchout

  1. Great glowing termites! Will keep my eye out for some of those happenings!

  2. Ann Marie

    Great photos Bev. It was fun to watch the birds gorge themselves…poor termites didn’t stand a chance.

  3. birdingperu

    Hey Bev, Coming here via @Dendroica. Great tips. It is almost like watching an antswarm or fruiting tree in the tropics or a water hole in hot climate, I guess. Cool.

  4. Nice photos. As much as I don’t love termites, I’m so glad the birds found them.

  5. Sounds like an ideal spot to look for birds. Kind of like the insect version of a Mulberry tree.

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