The 1st tick of this year made its appearance on Saturday. I normally find at least 1 tick attached to my skin every year. But this one was not yet on my skin; it was crawling on the inside of my raincoat when I saw it. If I hadn't happened to notice it after I took my coat off, it would probably have stayed there and moved on to my skin the next time I wore the coat. So I consider myself lucky this time.
It's the usual deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), a common inhabitant of the woods around here.
I have written about ticks several times before on this blog. The previous 2 tick posts were here and here. Because I go into the woods quite often, I am certain that I will have many more tick tales to tell.