Highlights – Red-bellied woodpecker, migration including Cormorants, seabirds including Brandt Geese, sparrows, Fungus! Including FOTM and a 3rd Chanterelle run!, slime mold, other things. Owl pellets…finches, including White-winged Crossbills…
Lowlight - there are several videos in this VSR, some better quality than others. please don't hurt yourself! turn your volume low!
|javier modeling the color orange|
PSA - and speaking of getting hurt - Hunting season is ripe! We are fully in bow season, looking forward to shifting gears this saturday - which is kids day with the ol' guns. And then we have november (and the last three days of october) where hunting will be the norm out in the woods. So wear that orange! Here's Javier sporting the orange and looking way too close at an algae covered Cattail.
|Folly Pond is pretty|
Business – We got some great feedback on all the wonderful photos and posted sightings in last report (and in previous ones) – so thanks again everyone for sharing. If you’ve got something to share, then share! Photos, a list, a particular view, we’ll take it!- send your thing to firstname.lastname@example.org . It’s just that easy. It’s not checked often, but often enough.
Don't forget 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.
|nice red-belly from this angle|
but watch out for that siskin!
photo by sally
Sightings - Red-bellied Woodpecker. Skin Hill- You can’t be sure how to answer an email from Skin Hill Sally titled – “Guess whose back!”. She has seen and documented so many cool things in her back yard – the list is hard to choose from! On this occasion though the correct answer was a rugged male Red-bellied Woodpecker! VSR devotees will recall that last spring a male Red-bellied Woodpecker excavated a cavity in a tree up on Skin Hill and was seen at a few feeder stations before being run off by Starlings (bastards). Anyway, great to see one of the “rarer” woodpeckers on the island swinging by one of our favorite feeder stations!
|when siskins attack|
photo by sally
|the missing hairy woodpecker photo|
|Hooded Mergansers are pretty|
and in Carver's Pond
photo by Karen Oakes
|i like reflections|
Note about Grebes - Grebes eat fish, that's pretty much their thing. They also eat feathers, their own feathers mostly - except for the proud parents who give their youngin's some of their own to eat. Why eat feathers? other than the obvious answer (Why not?), the thought is that since Grebes eat fish, and since they don't regurgitate pellets of bones or anything, feathers eaten are "used" to coat the bones - take the edge of if you will - while they pass thru the digestive system. Its such an important behavior that young grebes who don't even have feathers of their own yet have been founds to have feathers in their stomach. Good parenting comes in so many forms!
So here's a video i took of a Red-necked Grebe over at State Beach (best grebe spot on the island). Looks like basic feather maintenance/preening, except at the 3 second mark the Grebe pecks at the water for something that fell its back. Now, it could've just been a basic parasite - tick or mite or whatever - but i like to think it was a small downy feather that he/she/it jsut couldn't let get away.
Shags- Double-crested Cormorants may be the least popular native bird in North America , but regardless of how many lobsters and fish they have kept out of traps and nets (and in their bellies) you have to (you don’t have to do anything) tip your hat to them as far as mass migration goes. I have included 2 videos I took from State Beach yesterday (10/19) as Shags from up north got “the hell out of dodge” , flewing the coop so to speak for a warmer, more southern winter (wimps!). The first two videos are of a single line that went past Saddleback Light, about 50 seconds of crossing, where hundreds of Shags headed out I only got 35 seconds of video.
|nothing regular about |
this Irregular Earthtongue
|honey mushrooms are breathtaking|
in all phases of development
Round three – Chanterelles – so the first run was kinda weak, the early September bloom was nice, and now this warm wet spell has turned up a nice round three from my favorite patch. It was a handful, for sure. Other patches checked were blank – but still worth checking your stuff! Leify quote – “I love chanterelles!”
|these Chantrelles were |
"Quite the handful in the woods"
|and then the next day|
|then the next day|
when the orange spots appeared
And where would we be without Leify and his Horse Mushrooms out on Lane’s. Several folk have asked about them as this is one of two patches I know of on the island, and the one seen most often by people, especially people with dogs as they are in the trail on Lane’s. Anyway, we left a couple for others, and are glad to report that longtime VSR reader and supporter Suzanne was spotted carrying her treasure back to her kitchen. Happy feasting! It is local food week!
and the beach fleas that tickle when they hope onto your hands....and then pop when you step on them.
and the world's best sand box and nice sunsests
|huntley beach, job site|
rock on everyone!