Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report – November 1st, 2012
With the support of the Vinalhaven Land Trust and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Hats off to “Avian Haven” for all the good work they do
|the blood tooth only bleeds|
on full moons.
this is not true.
photo by john drury
Highlights – Fungus and finches (featuring Evening Grosbeak), raptors and raccoons, woodpeckers and woolly bears, otters and owls, two horned things, and post-storm Ipswich sparrow, snow buntings and black-bellied plover.
Viewer Warning: Video viewers who find slightly gross things disturbing may find the first two raccoon videos disturbing. Video viewers who find slightly gross things entertaining may be entertained by the first two raccoon videos. Watch at your own discretion. I’ve probably built this up too much.
Contact info change – please send VSR related correspondence to our new email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Fair point, for all the sightings and however else you happened to help make the VSR better over the last few years.
Tiit trick - click on any photo to make them larger. some might say "too large!"
photo by amy palmer
Sightings – Saw-whet owls – the lovely Amy Palmer (favoritism I am guilty of) took these shots of an adult Saw-whet Owl right outside the Emergency Services building in beautiful downtown Vinalhaven. Last word (we heard) was that the owl was shipped to Avian Haven over there in Freedom. This wasn’t the only recent call AH got from Vinalhaven, Hayley from the Friend (a nice place for drinks and snacks and stuff) shipped another owl (most likely another Saw-whet) who most likely had been hit by a car by the ballfield just a week before. Both Owls got to ride the ferry topside with the captain, with word being that they were allowed to steer the boat only out in the middle of the bay away from any ledges (owls are crappy drivers). The Avian Haven people met the owls at the ferry and took them to their rehabilitation center to be checked out and (hopefully) reinvigorated. Avian Haven’s number is 382-6761, (and their website is www.avianhaven.org) and is the place to call if you find injured birds. You can also call me if you want to be told to call them. If you do find a Saw-whet Owl make sure you also call Hillary Bunker, she digs owls and would love to get some good shots of one.
|the owl is in the shade|
photo by amy palmer
VSR devotees will recall reports from the past few falls of Saw-whet Owl banders setting up nets over at the Huber and catching 26 different owls in one night! So we know they come thru in numbers, and some might say the ones landing in town were looking for the banders (they are/were nice folk for sure). I guess they picked the wrong year to skip. Anyway, it most definitely is owl migration time of the year, so keep your eyes open when you are driving around looking for Winter Moths.
|hello evening grosbeaks!|
photo by sally
Finches – We had a nice run of finches as of late – seen around the island - American Goldfinch, White-winged Crossbill, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Purple Finches and even Evening Grosbeak!.... at the feeders – Leave it to Skin Hill Sally and her feeders (let’s be honest - it’s all about who puts the seed out) to be the one to attract and document Evening Grosbeaks on Vinalhaven! Just Look at these beauties! These are the first (and only) Evening Grosbeaks that I’ve heard of in my limited time out here on the island. (Word from Kristen Lindquist (friend of the VSR) is that Evening Grosbeaks are being reported on the mainland as well). What does that mean? For starters - Sally gets high fives for a week, so if you see Sally at the store (and you know you will) give her a high five or two. She deserves it! (maybe I should have checked with sally on this one, but nah, she’s into high fives).
|breakfast with siskins. chaos.|
photo by sylvia reiss
|old harbor bald eagle|
photo by jim clayter
photo by jim conlan
Around the island – Jim Conlan sent in this photo of a Red-breasted Nuthatch that became an honorary Conlan for an afternoon – lucky bird! Red-breasted Nuthatches are in good numbers around the island …Common Grackles have shown up in numbers….Red-bellied Woodpecker (10/27) across from the Library…Turkey Vulture fly over at 31 Reach Road….Bald Eagles in the basin, town, all over the island and old harbor pond - see jim clayter photo
|amanita with a view|
Fungus on islands – Amanita
muscaria, Dye-maker’s polypore, Coral Mushroom, Orange Jelly, Decorated Mop, Jelly Tooth, Yellow Fairy Cups, Conifer Violet-toothed Polypore, Angel's Wings, Rufus Milky, Cinnamon Cort, Saffron Cort, Emetic Russula, False Chantrelle, Marasmius, Chocloate Milky, Lackluster Laccaria, Red-yellow Gilled Polypore, Sulphur Tuft, Varnish Shelf....wolf's milk slime too!
|angel wings. every time it rains |
an angel gets its wings
Gross raccoon videos. Alright, so I scared up a pair of Bald Eagles and a Raven that were feasting on this washed up doe white-tailed deer. And while the birdies may have flown, the raccoon who was also feasting did not. probably because he was "half in the deer" so to speak. check out the stretching of the deer skin as the raccoon goes head first.....
here's another angle...
So the raccoon was oblivious to my presence for quite some time, but surprisingly (or not surprisingly) when it finally pulled its head out of the deer, it immediately caught my scent. Now I know that we all smell differently (and that i am setting myself up for jokes), but I would have thought, hoped that maybe it would take a minute or two for my smell to dominate over the rotting carcass he was just sticking his whole head into, but i guess its a statement about human smell. Whatsmore, the raccoon may have caught my whiff, but apparently couldn't make my shape out as i stood out in the open wearing a bright orange coat. Here's a video of the raccoon sniffin' the air and coming closer to me. If i hadn't moved I'm pretty sure this raccoon would have tapped my foot (hopefully the only tapping). anyway......
Otters on our mind - Old Harbor Pond - i put the trail camera at a grassy otter rolling site along the shores of Old Harbor Pond for a little over a week. 6 mammal species were photographed - White-tailed Deer, Raccoon, Local Cat, Red Squirrel, Mink and River Otter - no Homo sapiens. Rolling sited are very import for otters. Read on...
|mink are cute|
|this raccoon appeared to add |
to the latrine
|this guy couldn't fight the urge to "rub the camera"|
|this is what otter fur smushed up|
against a camera lens looks like.
in case you were wondering
|Ipswich Sparrow, straight Sable Island|
more post storm action in the next VSR....
Leify digs his fungus...
and a big thanks to pat paquet for having rakes handy...
and a postcard from the dark side where after months of thor and skull pirates, darth was settled on as a costume to wear. year-round undoubtedly.....
thanks for reading