|merry Christmas....from California...Satan's Bolete|
photo by BAJ
Welcome to the Vinalhaven sightings report Dec 11, 2016
|happy 8th birthday mister....|
|any fire in this pit is underwater at high tide|
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Tiit trick - click on photos to jumbo size them
and in tiit's name - make sure you watch the wonderful ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "When the garden was eden". It's on Netflix and it reminds me of my dad and uncle gus. Interesting watch even just to see the last time the knicks won the championship.
|snow. a little of it on the coast. |
Hopefully more to come
Winter Moth update – what started as a trickle became “a ton” for a bit and may not be done with yet!
|the moss looked especially cool on Big Hen Island|
|come on now! why don't we have these satan's boletes |
around here? probably because we are so pure...
photo by BAJ
look at that phat, bulbous stipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(11/16) Linnell Mather reports a dozen or so moths flittin’ about between the Sands and Main Street on her evening ride home.
(11/25) after a (somewhat moderate) cold stretch, a burst of winter moth flight was documented this night in both St. George and Vinalhaven (and undoubtedly other locations as well). Words like “HUGE” and “TONS” were used for the observed flights that night as my windows were partially covered as I rode the horned lark (my old bike) and every time the door opened another moth or two would enter! This was a big night…
|typical view from the ferry these days |
of old tailed ducks
(11/29, 5:15pm) Linnell Mather and I drove through a couple dozen winter moth males as we headed up to the town hall. As we drove through the winter moth population, with their scattered and spaced out dynamics, their presence reminded me of a December a few years past where reports of intensely active flights when investigate 20 minutes or so after the fact turned up few to hardly any adults flying. In other words, what Linnell and I saw that night between the Sands and town hall reminded me of what I saw a few years ago when I barely missed a huge flight of winter moth.
|I had never seen a mushroom like this before|
The bottom line is that we are waiting for the “flies that are parasitic on winter moth” to take hold and start limiting the number of moths observed in an observable way. The flies of course were introduced maybe 3 springs ago, which can take 10 years or so to establish themselves which is slow, even by Vinalhaven standards.
|then I realized it was an Amanita where the cap|
never pulled away from stalk or stipe;
instead the cap split around the Amanita egg shell pieces
and what you are seeing as upper and lower teeth is
the torn gills
Here’s some cool stuff about this frequently seen polypore, which is small with multiple layering shelves. Straight from mid-coast Maine’s own Greg Marley in his epic “Mushrooms for health”
“Turkey Tail has been used as a folk remedy in Japan and China for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Traditionally, fruiting bodies of T. versicolor have been harvested, dried, ground, and simmered in water as tea. This type of extract is recorded in the China edition of De Materia Medica as a treatment for a variety of symptoms associated with liver dysfunction and respiratory-tract infection, and for promoting a healthy body and spirit generally.”
In other words, Turkey Tail is as badass as it looks like a turkey tail. Hats off to the fungus that increases cancer survival rates. Can’t argue with that...
|"overcast days never turned me on"|
but overcast gives the best light
on morning rides from Rockland
|on sunny mornings the light on the 8:45am from rockland is |
rather sprainty when it comes to observing. so I end
up looking backwards, still seeing birds, but watching them
float away rather that getting closer. what a whiner
12/6 – ferry ride – 1 Black-legged Kittiwake, ~ 12 Bonaparte’s Gull were the highlights….somewhat quiet….
…(12/6) on The Skua with John Drury - Ride around the east side to Big Hen Island, located in the beautiful, yet somewhat hard to get to, waters of Seal Bay/Winter Harbor...here’s what we saw on the way…~12 great cormorants, ww scoter, black scoter, surf scoter (scoter tri-fecta!), a few red-breasted merganser, old tailed ducks, black guillemots, common loon, red-throated loon, red-necked grebe, common eiders, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals…
Big Hen Island – (12/6) – out in the wilds of Seal Bay/Winter Harbor is a very fun island to visit, especially in December when undergrowth of the island has died back. Scat was especially prevalent on the island this day with Raccoon and White-tailed Deer represented in impressive numbers…
|Big hen had some big rocks|
|view back to the Skua from Big Hen|
|shells and skull|
pretty sure that raccoon is dead.
cleaned by periwinkles no doubt....
ahhh, the irony