Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2012 #4
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This morning I walked out to deal with the birds and I saw a mass of ants swarming on the bluestone pavers. I knew there were ants there because of small hills, but I've never seen anything like this. Yesterday I noticed a small swarm coming out of one on the holes between the pavers but nothing like this.
About 9AM there were two separate centers with some ants moving in between:
A few hours later they had coalesced into one long narrow swarm:
I couldn't see any obvious food source and there didn't seem to be a battle going on (although I'm not sure I'd recognize an ant battle if I saw one). No winged ants and no eggs being carried around like I saw when I disrupted an ant colony in my compost pile. I hope it doesn't mean the woodchuck is digging a subway tunnel under my bluestone path and uprooting the ants! Otherwise, I have no idea what's going on.
I don't mind the swarms but I wish they didn't do it in the path where I drag my hose. I reverted to using a watering can to refill the bird baths this morning, but the hose is much easier. I'm envisioning running the hose over the top of my garden cart to span the swarms if it doesn't rain soon and I need to water the garden again.