|couple of nights ago|
Welcome to the
Vinalhaven Sightings Report
October 17th, 2014
thank you VLT and MCHT!
highlights - sparrows, shorebirds, raptors, fungus,
freestyle edition - been off island a bit-pretty low effort really.
|we've all been there|
fernald's neck stinkhorn
Got myself a new hat and met some nice folk at the coastal mountains land trust mushroom walk a few weeks back now. Good to make new friends along the way, and we appreciate anyone who takes interest in what we all are doing here in this blog. Quick shout out to anyone who is reading the VSR "off island", down east and anywhere else. thanks for showing up
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|you may get mistaken for orange jelly...|
You Should be Wearing Orange if you go in the woods these days - it's huntin' season. Don't be hunted!
|...or false chanterelle. |
(which looks nothing like real chanterelle)
photo by John Drury
sampling sightings - Spring (Chronic) Peepers still peeping, an every evening thing these days so common "it's chronic" - everywhere.
Greens - Yellow-billed Cuckoo and photo
|dunlin on the beach|
other shorebirds this week - Greater Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers
Active dunlin video....
|you must pipit|
this American pipit also hung at state beach (first seen with dunlin), but split after first sighting (or during it really). Photo and action video attached. buntings and larks can't be far behind!.
Pipit in "inaction" video:
state beach is also a good place to look for sparrows (if that is the kind of thing you are into).
White-crowned, Savannah and lots of song sparrows have been observed lately. and merlins trying to eat them.
both kinglets - ruby crowned and golden crowned - seen on preserves. Creepers, Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches too!
Around the island - Merlins, Peregrines, Harriers, Flickers, robins, song sparrows, lots of Great Blues and Kingfishers
|surf scoters are nice, unless you are a mussel|
Walk to school- leif wants to walk to school so we park in town or at the ferry terminal and stroll from there. So far on the walks we have found 2 new (for us) otter latrines at the ball ground, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Greater Yellowlegs, Goldfinch.
"Walking is a good pace for observing"
Surf scoters - in the thorofare, from the ferry, state beach, and Polly Cove
White-winged Scoters from the Ferry
3 woodpecker day - Red-bellied, Sapsucker and Flicker.
|may not look like much, but the split gill is super cool|
and already decomposing the juniper out on Calderwood
split gill - a fungus of personal significance - found to be decomposing juniper skeletons from last may's burn on Calderwood.
|it has to be darker to see this one glow|
luminescent panellus - one that glows! - seen fruiting on dead stuff along many trails these days.
|there is nothing regular about this|
earthtongue - irregular earthtongue
"irregular earth tongue days" are here again. look for this yellow club fungus along Huber and basin trails. an old friend indeed.
|bashful destroying angel|
destroying angels are still coming up, this one in the photos along the granite island trail I think. always good to see a super deadly fungus to remind us how things might go.
We also love Destroying Angels, and all amanitas since they are mychorrizal with the trees. A symbiotic relationship that keeps the forest growing. We live in a Spruce/Amanita forest. still shouldn't east them.
|destroying angel fully exposed|
|the porer side of roger|
the porus side of roger
roger, a favorite Red-belted Conk at Huber appears to be having a 'resurgence" these days.
After a summer of being chewed on by iron-clad beetles and having a porus side (undercarriage) that frankly looked a little bit more than just "past prime", Roger putting on a fresh pore layer is refreshing to see.
|sweet as honey|
Honey Mushrooms - this is the Honey time out there, if the forest is grown by Amanitas (and boletes, and russulas, and....) and then it's broken down by Honeys (and conks, and....). The Honeys were just about to burst when last seen - with recent rain and warmth could be expecting (anticipating?) a nice fall bloom in the fungal realm.
note how the stipe (stalk) changes color over time
|fresh VTP, is the best VTP|
Polypores are showing up fresh these days - lots of fresh Birch polypore and Tinder conk. As well as this Violet-toothed Polypore (VTP!) looking really violet (freshy).
|this year's birch polypore|
Another favorite decomposer Scaly Pholiota is showing up at Huber. We like it cuz it's scaly, judging it by its looks, it is aesthetically pleasing for some reason.
Leif at state beach
and at lake megunticook! one of our favorite words to say.
see you out there!