|this anglerfish flew over the reach one sunset|
Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report –
January 15th, 2014
VLT & MCHT supported. Thanks as always!
Highlights – Snow Buntings, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Kittiwakes, Razorbill, Horned Larks and Grebes, Ducks featuring Barrow’s Goldeneye, Scoters, and Oldtails. Otter stuff too!
|plesiosaur in the same sunset|
they are real reptiles, as opposed
to dinosaurs. or something like that.
Contact – it may take us a few days to respond, but we do love to hear from you! Send your sightings, comments, concerns to the official VSR email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiit trick - if this plesiosaur to the right isn't big enough for you, just click on the photo. Similar to adding water, clicking on any photo makes them bigger. Not sure how to get them small again
|what the? pat lundholm caught a squirrel|
in her squirrel proof feeder. apparently it showed no signs
of panicing or fear, just kept on eating.
Better Off Mummified (BOM)
|skin hill snow bunting|
photo by skin hill sally
Sightings – Snow Bunting on the hill! The legend of Skin Hill Sally continues! (1/2) During one of those fancy, new fangled “named” winter storms – might have been during “Pliny the elder” – as saw her first Snow Bunting and she didn’t have to leave her yard! (1/2) Snow Buntings (and other wintry songbirds) looked to refuel and for refuge on our island paradise.
photo by Skin Hill Sally
As mentioned, this was not only the first Snow Bunting Sally has seen at her feeders, but the first Snow Bunting she has ever seen (VNM!). Congrats to you Skin Hill Sally at a fine VNM, finest kind in fact!
|these are snowshoe hare tracks.|
Otters – after the last VSR was posted Ali “most likely to see an otter from her window” McCarthy wrote to report sightings of many sets of tracks and trails thru the snow on the ice that is Carver’s Pond. A “spot of historical importance - otterly speaking of course” or “SOHI-OSOC”, the timing of Ali’s reports coincide with the
Big guy – John Drury
sent in these photos of otter slides out on Greens. Looked to be from a single,
somewhat large individual, the slide and marking area are the Drury’s local “SOHI-OSOC”, with many years with
consecutive otter sign. Might this be the same individual tracked at Lane’s and
heading into Old harbor pond in the last VSR? Speculation as such begs us to
remind ourselves and readers that we don’t know spraint about the otters out
here. We think there are a lot.
|nice otter belly slide|
photo by John drury
|came out to pee?|
photo by John Drury
photo by Kerry Hardy
Captain Pete reports seeing a Goshawk crossing the Narrows from Leadbetter to Laireys. Goshawks have been seen on this crossing historically, and rarely. Good spot Pete! Now look where you’re driving!
|largely comprised of kittiwakes |
and Ring billeds.
took like forever to get past
|we appreciate the way kittiwakes look.|
black tips, solid yellow bill, and the dark line thing across the neck
|add first it was a warlrus|
then it became utterly fantastic
Basin – (1/12) Granite Island Trail – 20 Bufflehead, 5 Common Goldeneye, 15 Black Duck, 9, Surf Scoter, 2 Horned Grebe, 1 Common Loon, 2 Oldtails, 10 Ring-billed Gulls. 1 Harbor Seal -
Story here – 2 horned grebes in the basin, by the deep spot. Have only seen one Horned Grebe in the basin before – maybe 6 years ago or so. Good year for Horned Grebe – also seen off Calderwood neck.
sometime during the freeze we found this woolly bear cruisin'.
State Beach – (1/5) Rough-legged Hawk, 8 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Snow Buntings, 6 Horned Larks, Eiders, Oldtails, Red-breasted Mergs, Bufflehead, Common Loons, Great Cormorants….(1/12) Rough-legged Hawk, 2 Common Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Mergs, 8 Black Ducks, White-winged Scoter, Eiders, Bufflehead, 10+ Ring-billed Gull – story here – rough-legged still visible on Sheep Island (with scope). Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came in hungry after storm, good to see White-winged Scoter.
|off shore breezes in california are often warm.|
this breeze at State Beach was not warm
Greens – immature Great Cormorant seen roosting on John Drury’s pier. Classic.
|there are deer|
and there are beds on lane's
|mink dragged its claws on a bound|
...good tracks, with mink and tiny songbird.
|tasty treats are treasures found in the snow|
the gateway to bliss, easy prey
|voles are low on the food chain|
they are why predators are here
|this mink hesitated while crossing a trail, |
maybe listened up a bit,
didn't turn to look either way
just kept going
and we have been enjoying the new years
the snow has been tasty, first a polar vortex and now a heat wave.