|this is referred to as a spotted turtle|
Welcome to the Vinalhaven sightings report – may 10th, 2016
Big thanks to VLT and MCHT
|April Snow - photo by Jim Clayter|
Highlights – Red Crossbill with young, Spotted Turtles, Warblers including Black and White and Ovenbird, Great Horned Owl pellets, Mourning Cloak butterfly, Great Blue Heron in the snow,
Photos– a mid-spring snow (4/25) caught some off guard, not Jim Clayter though. He got this shot of a Great Blue Heron in the late April snow in Old Harbor Pond. Thanks for sending this in Jim!
Sightings – (5/10) on island – Norhtern Parula, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-throated Green, Ovenbird, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrow singing,
Spotted Turtle – (4/30) took a few moments to walk along the stream that feeds into “Mack’s pond” which is more like “Mack’s pool” these days, to look for spotted turtles. Trevor Persons (remember that guy from last year? Caught and “tagged” turtles in the Basin?) mentioned he had seen one there, and so I took a look.
Yes, possibly the last attempt of a turtle desperate to minimalize buoyancy so as to remain submerged in the muck, and what better way than releasing some gas. If you were a turtle, what would you do?
|air bubble rising to the surface|
|turtle toot ripples|
The marsh – tenants harbor – (5/1) Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Geese, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Cowbird, phoebe, flicker, song sparrow, red-breasted nuthatch, chickadee, goldfinch, purple finch, ruby-crowned kinglets, downy and hairy woodpecker…(5/3) Brown Creeper, Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Wood ducks, Canada geese, peepers.
|bluebird egg |
photo by Carol Gentalen
|wright brothers museum|
photo by Amy palmer
|leif and uto by the creek in yellow springs|
photo by Amy Palmer