I am still fighting this heinous cold-that-will-not-die. This is what, the end of week three? Yeah, it started around the 2nd and is still hanging on… Sigh. I got up about 7 o’clock but didn’t head out with the dog until around 8:30 am, so I had time for a hot shower, a little breakfast, and some journaling first. We went out to the American River Bend Park again. There still isn’t much in the way of fungus out there yet; it’s too dry. But we did get to see two different Yellow Jacket queens overseeing the building of their new hives. One was in the fallen stump of a tree, and another was in an old hole in the ground. At the tree stump, the queen was sitting right above the “door” and she had two sentries watching the entrance so no interlopers could get in. At the hole in the ground, the queen rushed inside just as I approached it, and then her soldiers came out to defend the place. I didn’t hang around either spot for very long, but I did manage to get a little video of each one.
Here’s one of the wasp videos: http://youtu.be/uW5ndSpNgEI
And here’s the other one: http://youtu.be/FlUJAVBbJnw