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Are those the kind of ants that will bite? That colony must be massive.
Well, technically, all ants bite. I mean that is how they make that ant sand. As far as biting people, I have not encountered any aggressive ants that have bitten, tried to bite or stung me in the pictured area (south central Wyoming). The flies though, when a storm is coming, they can bloody your legs if they are not covered.

ETA that ant hill is about 3' across, so, not really huge compared to what I have seen in the SW and W (dry regions).
 
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We are not in Oregon anymore toto.
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Last summer once in a while when I was shooting Alfred I would see him standing there with his mouth open and his tongue rapidly flipping up-and-down, with his throat sort of gently billowing in-and-out. He was always too far away for me to hear if he were singing or vocalizing, and it was clear that he wasn't eating anything. The other day I noticed he was doing this same thing while standing on the pier, and this time I remembered to look in Google and see if I could find some explanation of this behavior.

It's called "gular fluttering," and he does it to cool himself down on a hot day. Definitely that afternoon was a hot (over 90°) and very humid one, so this explanation makes perfect sense! Why he didn't just get in the water and chill out that way I have no idea, but he seemed happy enough to just stand on the pier for a long time......

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It was working at some point in July, but I think its been on 1/3rd power since. Maybe there will be a firmware update to get it working again.

Hah! Not sure we'd actually like results of a firmware update to the big yellow globe. For long, anyway.

But I know what you mean. We've had more overcast and rainy days all summer here than many I can remember over the past decade at least.
 
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