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The Vinalhaven Sightings Report is organized and edited by Kirk Gentalen on behalf of Vinalhaven Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Out and about on Vinalhaven, MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen reports on what he and others have seen in their travels. Contributions of stories and photos are welcome, and can be sent to


Monday, August 3, 2015

bass fishin'
Welcome to the hiatus report – august 3rd , 2015


Ok – while we are still technically on our hiatus (“on hiatus and loving it!”), we had to plug the upcoming bird walks and the epic slide show next week. The funny thing about being on hiatus is that I have been taking a lot less pictures and have really been enjoying not watching thru a camera. The result of course is a lot of pictures of mushrooms and little other visual documentation of stuff. Mental documentation for sure. Anyway.

We’ll include highlights –


Highlights – 3 slime mold log, 6 liverwort walk (atta baby Javy!), baby birds featuring Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow and tree swallow, moths, mushrooms, shorebirds, otter stuff, Tropicbird, cedar waxwings,


Upcoming events –


Slide show one week from tonight! - “owls are easy, otters are easier – stories and lessons from year round animal tracking on Vinalhaven and surrounding islands” slide show - Monday August 10th – 7pm up at the Washington School/Town Hall.  This talk will be “the spraint”. It’s going to be all about the owls and otters out here, which we all love. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun… walk the following morning.

frog catchin'

bird walks every Thursday in august

this week it starts at 8am, next week it starts at 7am.


water squirtin'
Funky Tweeters – Bird stuff – so the bird walks have been fun (here we go plugging our activities again!) the first week we had a bald eagle and a grey catbird sit like forever (not together) for some sweet scope views, three whimbrels (state beach) week two, baby Tree Swallow and the longest view of well lit purple finch the next, and then last week we saw two young Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, and Gannets and a deer swimming! And so much more. It’s been pretty sweet. Bald Eagles on each trip, plus lots of Lesser Yellowlegs. We have seen the arrival and dominance of Cedar Waxwings, and a redstart feeding its young at lane’s island. Common terns with young, and Eastern Kingbirds at Folly Pond for most of July. It’s been sweet. Can’t wait to see what we find next time!

what a great summer. see you out there!