Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report – April 28th, 2016
Brought to you in part by VLT, MCHT and U (meaning U!)
Happy birthday me!
Highlights – Wood ducks, woodcocks, Osprey, Yellow-rumped and Palm(er) Warblers, Phoebes, Green-winged Teal, Belted Kingfisher, long-eared owl, visit to Calderwood Island, some things about Frenchboro. Lots of amphibian eggs. And finally will I remember to post some early mushroom photos?
|there are two people picking up trash in this photo|
Business - Basin clean-up revisited – Good to see folks and good to clean up the Basin. Here’s a few random shots
|best team award goes to Mia and Dylan|
photo by Gabe Peter Harp
|checking out the stuff collected|
|spotted salamander eggs|
Contact us – email@example.com . we’ll take just about anything.
Tiit trick – click on the photos to make them bigger
|black jelly roll! |
"ain't nobody gunna steal my jelly roll"
Congratulations – to Cheap Trick on making it into the rock and roll hall of fame. Was never a fan at all, but still – what an accomplishment. The Tiit trick segment was inspired by that band.
Upcoming events –check the VLT website – www.vinalhavenlandtrust.org - and the MCHT website – www.mcht.org – for a vast array of walks and talks being offered this year!
|springtails have been especially springy this year|
Sightings – Who’s singing – Brown Creeper, Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter wren,
On the ferry - Walt Day told tales of a pair of Wood Ducks that were spending some time in his pond behind his house. Never a bad sign to see Wood Ducks in your yard…Walt also talked about seeing his first osprey of the season (4/11). Several more have been reported around the island.
|lane's island bridge|
Speaking of woodcocks – Danny Ames mentioned finding a woodcock nest up on Zeke’s Point. Woodcocks are ground nesters (all ground nesters are extra bad-ass) and a female woodcock sits tight on a nest before bolting, almost until stepped on in some cases.
Danny said there were 4 eggs in the ground nest and it wasn’t the first woodcock nest he has found. I would love to see one someday! Good work Danny!
|a boy and his nests|
Mr. Ames also mentioned some Canada Geese in the Basin and old harbor pond being active. Goslings not too far off.
John Drury reports Yellow-rumped Warblers singing out on Greens since (4/19).
Chuck from the ferry mentioned seeing his first Green-winged Teal (VVNM) over by Indian Creek. It was apparently hanging close to a mallard couple, which is the obvious sign of nothing.
|long-eared pellet from lane's|
Lane’s Island –Fresh Long-eared Owl pellets found April 9th.
From the ferry – Old-tail ducks – molted and looking good, many surf scoter, red-breasted merganser, bald eagles, black guillemots, common eider, red-necked grebes, horned grebe in breeding plumage.
|this kangaroo skeleton was on Calderwood|
Calderwood – (4/4) – Oldtails in breeding plumage, surf scoter, red-necked grebe, downy and hairy woodpecker, brown creeper, red-breasted nuthatch, deer carcass, tree climbing, otter latrine still active! That is now 8 years (at least) with this active latrine.
and some other places.....
Frenchboro - (4/13,14) – red crossbills, palm(er) warblers, red-breasted nuthatch, golden-crowned kinglets, phoebes, red-backed salamander, put up trail camera at otter den, confirmed 2nd otter den, belted kingfisher, sculpin, merlin falcon flitter flight display,
|in case you were wondering this is the way|
to rich's head
|this nice otter trail and brown out|
|this trail covered in spraint|
|and then to this crevice|
|where when you looked down ...|
|where you saw the latrine with hefty use, |
undoubtedly the opening of a den.
this was cool
|this is Douglas at the other otter den we know of |
on Frenchboro. together we are kirk douglas
|this sculpin was fun to catch|
|one shrew and one mouse skull in this|
pellet. hungry owl
The marsh - green winged teals, osprey, bald eagle, Canada geese, wood ducks, great blue heron, belted kingfisher, mallard, spotted salamander and wood frog eggs in vernal pool, otter latrine.
(4/23) with the girl scouts – barred owl pellets with both shrew and vole skulls in a single pellet. Very cool.
Rockport - been checking out a property. great vernal pools -
|wood frog eggs|
|spotted salamander eggs|
and a lot of owl pellets. 15 so far.
. plus turkey, pileated woodpeckers and sapsuckers. hard to argue with that.
had a great trip upstate in the new York - chittinango falls
biking the creek
|and mine shafts!|
crossing the rip van winkle bridge...
learning about minecraft and fishing with uncle tom and aunt linda!
|leif and newt|
hope everyone is doing well - hope to see you out there!