In NatureNotes, naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on ETV Radio.

Cooper's Hawk

3 hours ago
A Cooper's Hawk.
Linda Tanner via Wikimedia Commons

This hawk is a year-long resident of South Carolina.

Snake Snack

May 25, 2017
A yellow rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener reports seeing a snake eating a Mourning Dove whilst hanging upside down from a tree.

Odd Looking Insect

May 24, 2017
An immature Orange-Tipped Oakworm Moth.
Evan Raskin [CC BY-NC 4.0]

A listener spots an insect scurrying along the ground. It has tiny wings compared to its body. Is it an immature moth?

The Mayflies Are Out

May 23, 2017
A March Brown Mayfly.
Richard Bartz, via Wikimedia Commons

These insects live as nymphs in lakes, pools, and ponds. The adults emerge to live for only 24 hours.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

May 22, 2017
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Kelly Colgan Azar, via Flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

This migratory species builds nests that resemble those of Hummingbirds.