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September 7, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Sheltering from the rain

Taking shelter from the storm

This year there seem to be millions of crane flies. Still, the starlings will benefit from the population boom and they need all the help they can get after some difficult years. I hope the starlings stock up on the leatherjackets for the sake of my lawn. I shot this little fella while he sheltered from the rain on my window.



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  1. adignorantium / Sep 7 2013 11:15 pm

    I think his cousins are visiting me.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Sep 7 2013 11:29 pm

      Yes, they seem to be everywhere at the moment, not least in every room in the house.

  2. Gallivanta / Sep 8 2013 4:47 am

    What do leatherjackets do to your lawn?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Sep 8 2013 8:44 am

      The larvae (leatherjackets) eat the roots of the grass. If you see starlings working their way across your lawn, digging their beaks in for grubs, that’s what they’re after. They do a good job of it too, so it all balances itself out.

      • Gallivanta / Sep 8 2013 9:21 am

        Oh my, oh my. I have just googled and we have them here too. The only thing I have ever worried about in the lawn is grass grub which eats the roots of the grass too.

  3. rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 8 2013 6:19 am

    Don’t like these at all – visions of people putting them down my back when I was little! Great shadows though:)

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Sep 8 2013 8:41 am

      I know these are universally unpopular creatures. They often come into the house and I think people find them so alien in much the same way as spiders. I’ve always felt a bit sorry for them.

  4. vsperry / Sep 8 2013 1:42 pm

    thanks for liking my latest post. I like your blog!

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