Wendy, Your encounter with the cicada and predator could have been either a cicada killer, (Specius sp.), or perhaps a European Hornet (Vespa crabro) based on the size and color. This hornet is yet another of those introduced species that our native wildlife has to contend with. Paul Bedell > A pleasant hike around the Beaver Lake Trail at Pocahontas SP turned up a > GREAT EGRET. Not a lot of signs of migration; there were at least half a dozen > singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS (outnumbering the RED-EYEDS). > > Full list follows: > > Great Blue Heron > Great Egret > Wood Duck > Red-shouldered Hawk > Killdeer > > Mourning Dove > Yellow-billed Cuckoo > Belted Kingfisher > Red-Bellied Woodpecker > Downy Woodpecker > > Flicker > Pileated Woodpecker > Pewee > Blue Jay > American Crow > > Carolina Chickadee > Titmouse > White-breasted Nuthatch > Carolina Wren > Wood Thrush (nice look) > > Robin > Yellow-throated Vireo > Red-eyed Vireo > Cardinal > Goldfinch > > Also I heard some buzzing and scuffling among the leaves at the side of the > trail. I saw something green and white struggling on the ground. Thinking > it might be a female hummingbird entangled in something, I went to investigate > and found what appeared to be a large hornet attacking a cicada. I > carefully separated them with a large stick, and the cicada flew off, apparently > unharmed. The hornet was pretty hefty ( about the size of my thumb to the joint) > and yellow and black - like a very fat yellowjacket. > > Wendy Ealding > You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.