Monday, May 23, 2011

Coming Soon . . .


Yes, indeed, the 13 year cicada will be making its presence known by a cacophony of sound in not so many days. This past Saturday I spotted the above newly emerged fellow (which was unusually light colored - cicadas are generally dark) right after finding another one that the chickens rather enjoyed. :) Then as I was mowing in the afternoon, I was seeing cicada shell's all over the place; and now yesterday and this morning we are seeing cicadas everywhere! This is starting to bring back memories . . . of when both the 17 and the 13 year cicada emerged at the same time. I can still remember how very loud it was every time we went outdoors! And how many bucketfuls of cicadas we would gather and then feed to our ducks (which we used to have.) Already the chickens are enjoying the new insect life, and I can just imagine how much they are going to enjoy this 'cicada season'!

18 comments:

  1. This was an interesting post, Sarah, as I had no idea that this is the year for the 13 year cicada. And that's quite a pictures that you got =)

    Though I have not commented recently, I have been enjoying each of your posts that you have shared. I always enjoy reading about what has been going on for you recently and seeing all the photos as well. I hope that your bees to very well for you. I have a friend who keeps bees and I know she has certainly enjoyed it.

    Also, I'm sorry that late on this, but please tell your mother happy birthday for me! I hope that it was a very special day for her!

    Many blessings to you, Sarah!
    Amy

    p.s. Thank you so much for your sweet e-mail! I look forward to replying to that before too long, Lord willing.

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  2. Dear Sarah,

    What a great shot of a cicada! We haven't seen any hatching here yet; you must be ahead of us. We heard a few cicadas in April when it was hot, but we're enjoying being able to hear the crickets before they get drowned out! :)


    Love,

    Marqueta

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  3. I remember it well too! Noticed the first one Saturday on a clothes line. Maybe it won't be as loud this year! :)
    Just wanted to say thanks for your blog and your testimony!
    Amy

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  4. Sounds like you are going to have a very happy group of well-fed chickens!! They are beautiful in their way, aren't they?

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  5. I know they can be loud...but I always liked that sound for some reason. I suppose because it reminds me of summer and playing outside.
    It's been quite rainy here so we havan't been out much...we'll have to keep our eyes on the lookout for their shells.

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  6. JulianneMay 23, 2011

    Will they be a problem eating your garden plants?

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  7. Hi Sarah

    They are here, about 3 weeks ago, They are so so loud, I could not do anything outside intil late in the day. They are not so loud now as they were, but I have to say, I will be happy when it is quieter.

    Terry

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  8. Well, now you are forewarned about the 13 year cicada before they arrive, Amy. :) I am sure you will notice them when they do! They’re hard to miss what with their loud ‘singing’ . . . we’re seeing an ever-increasing number of them now so it won’t be long before the air is filled with their sound.

    It was so nice to see a comment from you again, and thank you for it! And thank you also for the much enjoyed e-mail. :)

    How fun that you have a friend that keeps bees! I (and my family) are very much enjoying it, and the bees are doing well so far. We’re quite pleased with how things are coming along!

    I will pass your sweet birthday greeting onto my Mom!

    Thank you for your kind comment, Amy, and may you have a blessed week!

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  9. Thank you, Marqueta! It was fun to photograph, and it helped that he stayed still. :) The cicadas should probably be hatching soon over your way . . . we’re seeing more and more of them by the day, and have been catching large numbers of them to feed to our chickens. They love them!

    Last evening, I heard the first cicada singing, and it won’t be long before that is the predominate sound outdoors. Like you, we’re enjoying the ‘normal’ springtime sounds before they are drowned out!

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  10. Thank you for your sweet comment, Amy! It was an encouragement to me . . . thank you!

    Saturday is when we first began noticing the cicadas as well . . . and there certainly are a lot of them around now. Wouldn’t it be nice if they weren’t as loud this year? I hope that’s the case!

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  11. Oh, Miss Linda, you should see how much our hens are loving the cicadas! You would get quite the laugh out of it, I’m sure. :)

    Yes, I would agree, the cicadas are beautiful in their own way. I’ve been enjoying seeing them!

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  12. I kind of like their sound as well, Ellen . . . when it is in moderation. :) They were so loud last time and for so long, that it got to be a little tiring listening to them all of the time. Maybe, just maybe, they won’t be so loud this year. :) Ah yes, the song of the cicadas brings back memories for me also of summer days and playing outside!

    Have fun ‘shell hunting’ once it dries up a bit there! Leah and I have been enjoying going and catching cicadas by the hundreds and gathering their shells as well to feed to the chickens. They love them!

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  13. No, thankfully, they won’t be a problem with the garden plants, Julianne . . . they cause the most damage to young trees as they lay their eggs in the branches. So we’ll be covering our fruit trees soon to prevent them from being damaged once the cicadas begin laying.

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  14. Now we know what to look forward to, Terry! :) If they’ve already been there for 3 weeks, it seems like you should be nearing the end of your cicada season soon. And then you can enjoy the quietness! I heard the first one singing here yesterday, so it likely won’t be long before the air is filled with the noise of them here.

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  15. They're here too! Very loud outside! But the chickens and geese are enjoying it. :-)

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  16. They must have started singing down there a bit earlier than up here, Miss Anne! They've just started here, and I'm sure it will be getting louder by the day. If your chickens and geese are anything like our hens, I can just imagine how much they are enjoying the cicadas! :)

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  17. Haha! The first time I was introduced to these noisy little bugs was when we lived in Oklahoma! I had never seen or heard these little critters before that. I haven't heard them around here yet but the frogs have been making their nocturnal presence known! ;o)

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  18. I am sure it was quite an introduction, Nabila! They're rather unique and loud creatures. It's amazing how much noise they can make for something so little. How fun to be able to listen to the frogs! That is such a pleasant sound. :)

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