log: dusk, bats, mosquitos, black ditch water

Back from the short walk with dog, over to the ditch after the sun set.

While we were over there, the bats were darting low in the grey dusk light, and skimming over the water like swallows do in the daylight. After a couple rains these past few nights, the mosquitos are thick.

There was enough light to tell that the ditch water is still black from ash from the Las Conchas fire runoff. We have been seeing that all August long – our dog comes out from the ditch with a dark tinge on her fur from that black water.

Bat tile by CC


11 Responses to “log: dusk, bats, mosquitos, black ditch water”

  1. August 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Year to date in precipitation for Albuquerque: 1.51 inches
    Month to date in precipitation for Albuquerque: .93 inches

    source: Weather Underground


  2. September 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Every day I hope and pray for rain, for the sake of the crickets, dragonflies, and mosquitos, as well as the frogs, bats and birds who depend on them. And of course – food will be scarce this fall and winter for every sort of creature. It’s hard to think of.

    It’s good to read posts like yours and be reminded that in at least some parts of the world, life is renewing itself.

    • September 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Hello —
      Yes, heard about Texas being so absolutely low on rainfall, also — like New Mexico. It is nice to hear when someone thinks/sends good thoughts aloud about the animals.

  3. September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I had to come back and tell you about a marvelous experience I had last night. I’ve been watching the radars for new Texas fires. I happened to be looking at the San Antonio radar when a sudden “explosion” happened near Garden Ridge. I was certain it was a fire – it happened as quickly as the Bastrop fire’s beginning.

    No fire. It was the radar signature of bats leaving their roost! Several people on Twitter corrected those of us who had misinterpreted the radar. It was just marvelous to think of so many creatures showing up in such a way.

    Last year, the hawk migration into east Texas was visible. There’s so much wonder in the world!

    • September 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      This was neat to hear about – so glad to hear you have a healthy bat population. I remember how Austin seems to be proud of their bats under the bridge in the downtown area – good for them. And your coastal area too?

  4. September 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So much fire that there is ash in the creek water! Quite an image. Wish I could send out “too much” rain your way.

    Nice to hear about your bats, most in the northeast have perished from white nose fungus syndrome. Some species may go extinct.

    • September 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      I have been reading some books on Charles Darwin, learning about his natural selection hypothesis/theory. I keep going back to that these days when I hear about extinctions. I usually get depressed when I hear about that happening.

      Do you know that because our Silvery Minnow that lives in the Rio Grande is endangered, that that is the reason we keep a certain flow of water in our Rio ? If it weren’t for the endangered status of one animal, the whole river habitat would have been starved time and time again of water. (Silvery Minnows need a certain type of rapid flowing shallow water … in our dammed Rio Grande that means they need to make sure to let it flow enough.) Minnows are a mini keystone species … in my mind, from what I have learned. Like the Prairie Dog in our mesa grasslands.
      Thanks for coming over to comment again.

  5. September 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I am lucky in that I can hear the frequency of bats communicating when other people seem to not be able to. Although they say you lose higher frequency hearing as you get older, so perhaps not for long.

  6. November 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I missed this tile of yours! You are so talented. It’s just terrible about the fires. We are briefly out of fire danger this week, but still very little rain.

    • November 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Hello Jack – thanks for coming over. Glad you like my bat tile. Our ABC affiliate here in Burque has “Drought Watch” on the local weather report. It shows the “normal” year to date rainfall next to the “actual.” Here we are at the 11th month with 1/3rd of what we normally have. Which makes for more fire-prone conditions, don’t you think?

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