Welcome to the vinalhaven sightings report –
Remember the "Tiit-trick" - clicking on any photo stimulates said photo into growing! Technology engourges them with enough life and light to fill up your computer screen! In other words- click on the photos and they get bigger. Dad figured this one out.
Upcoming events : One more time! - September Wednesday morning bird walks – next Wednesday -September 26th, 8am skoog park. I’ve been to one this month so far and it was fun, here’s what we saw on that rainy morning-yesterday! - (9/19) Folly Pond – 2 white-tailed deer, 9 Wood duck, Black Duck, Mallard. Belted Kingfisher, Golden-crowned Kinglet … State Beach- many Eider, Red-necked Grebe, Laughing Gull, Black guillemot, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow… and then we called in a wet day, even though it had been wet the whole time.
|its been a little moist at times|
4th or so annual MCHT’s Lane’s Island Hawkwatch – Saturday September 29th, 10am -2pm. Come on out to Lane’s Island and check out the movement of raptors as the big predators get the heck out of the north before winter comes. Peregrines, Merlins, Eagles, Sharpies, Harriers and more are anticipated. Come and go as you please, and feel free to bring coffee for the “leader” of the watch. The darker the better, so the coffee goes. We’ll meet over at the picnic table closest to the tombstones and graveyard and see what we can find.
|who's fatter? (or who's phatter?)|
photo by sylvia reiss
|Peregrine Falcon by the Spark Plug|
photo by Rick Morgan
Lots of Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Northern Flicker, Savannah Sparrow, Great Blue Herons, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Golden-crowned Kinglets,
Mixed Species Flocks have turned up Philadelphia Vireo (Greens), Canada Warbler (Otter Pond), Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos (3 vireo day recorded on Greens- Trifecta vireoness), lots of Red-starts, Parula, Nashville, Yellow-throat, young Yellow-rumped Myrtles, other things.
slime scene- have probably seen over 500 Coral Slimes (conservative guess) in my time as an "observer of slime".
the photos do no justice to the hint of blue in this lucious slime and the spacing and dynamic of its fruiting body (is it getting hot in here?)
|this king bolete was tiny |
and as great to see as ever
|chantrelles patches always get a big smile|
always like a dream
for now it's photos and a game. the game is called "flip it over".
|warty amanitas are thick in the woods|
this time of year.
|coral mushrooms are almost as|
beautiful as coral slime
| waxy caps|
lightinp the woods
|its hard to imagine false chantrelles|
fooling anyway. and yet it happens
|waxy caps look good|
above and below
still pumping 'em out
|we love tawny grisettes|
|young amanitas are as|
cute as a button
|the boy and me were back to our old roles|
i cut 'em, he cleans 'em
|the gypsy is a pleasure to find|
|chocolate milkies are crowd pleasers|
|salmon unicorn entoloma|
|corts' stalks come with a ring...|
|... that the ring is a remnant of a protective|
coverng off the gills called a cortina
now let's flip some fungus!
|this luminescent panellus looks like|
|this when its turned over.|
and it glows in the dark
|this thin maze polypore |
looks like this....
|when its flipped over!|
|this looks like this..|
|and then like this...|
|and finally like this|
how does it get its name, the maze polypore
Plants, flowers and stuff. – (9/4) found some nice sundews in a pleasant river wetlands. As with all predatory plants, we here at the VSR are big fans of the sundews. Especially when they team up with a Mycena for a group photo op.
And these plant things, when they go to seed can be purrtee as well. Jack-in-the-pulpit fruit bunches (is there a name for these things?) are pretty these days.
|there's the goldenrod|
and there's the poop
And a shot I call “goldenrod and raccoon poop”. The goldenrod has been especially easy on the eyes as of late. Alright, enough about plants.
|leify with a giant floridian grasshopper|
probably called soemthing else
On a personal note – the Gentalen family/world has certainly been turned on its head with my dad’s surprise passing a few weeks back. Thanks to all the VSR folks for their thoughts, emails, cards, hugs, kind words, and random crossings of paths in Rockland during this really weird time. It all makes coming back home from being off island for the worst month of my life that much easier. And nicer. It’s so good to be home. And good to see ya.
And with all that in mind - let’s play a game – it’s called ”Do you know this kitty”? – the MCHT game camera is on a game trail – white-tailed deer/raccoon/snowhoe hare to be exact , not a Homo sapien trail. The pictures have been fun to check out. We did get past a few technology glitches, (all of which were “kirky-induced”) and suddenly had a summer’s worth of photos (almost a pletheroa) at my disposal. So Anyway, I got a few of this little dude- does anyone recognize this cat?
|otter pond kitty|
|do you know this kitty?|
The other shots are from August - just west of Mack’s pond in the old harbor pond section of the basin. this is about a mile from the otter pond camera location. The frequency of cat photos near Mack’s pond leads one to conclude that this is a regular pass for the feline pouncer, might even be a home area for him. For the kitty it looks to be regular 3am pass in the area, and it’s been “caught” three times on film over in the last month doing so.
|mack's pond kitty|
alias - otter pond kitty
|night of the pale zombie cat. in 3-D!|
|at one time there were two...|
|...and then there was one|
and just like that, the end of this VSR. we'll be back with more in a little bit.
enjoy the day! and we'll see ya out there!