Sorry about the tick bites, and I hope your ticks weren't carrying anything dangerous! The black bugs are reminiscent of emerging blackflies but several weeks earlier than I remember them emerging in the past. The first hatching seems to swarm but not bite in my experience. Of course I could be wrong and they're something else, but they sure look like blackflies.
Hope your blisters didn't bother you too much today at West Point!
Plenty of Lyme at Norwottuck - that's where I contracted the case (while mapping) that pretty much knocked me out in the early-mid 2000's. Keep a close eye on the bite sites (I never had a rash btw) and if you come down with flu-like symptoms in the next month, beat a hasty to the doctor.
Thanks guys. Yeah the black bugs didn't seem to be biting, just up your nose, in your ears, being a nuisance. What about Hariman? Two more tick bites yesterday and another today. Or do ticks just focus on old slow fat guys?
PS - I use the private notes section of AP to keep track of tick bites, among other things, which has helped to reconstruct timelines in the event of lyme. Because tje old gray matter doesn't always do such a great job at that...
This morning our paper reported record ticks this year due warm winter and higher % with Lyme. Be cautious.
And a bountiful acorn crop, I hear.