now "skinny" Santa can start stretching
and getting ready to pick up trash!
Welcome to the Vinalhaven sightings report – December 26th, 2016
Brought to you with the support of VLT and MCHT
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Winter Wishes, Buddha Bashes, Zen Zones….
Highlights – Seal Island trips, Red-necked Grebes, Northern Shrike, Common Murre, Old tailed Ducks, pellets and poop – featuring long-eared owl, Loons, some words on winter moth…
this ice formed on the inside of our basement
window during the polar vortex
Tiit trick – click on the photos to enlarge….. Try it out with this polar vortex photo gallery
Winter moth response – We asked and we received! – No, not the complete Frank Zappa catalog for Christmas! We asked for Winter Moth sightings and got a couple! Thanks for sharing info about (one of) the least liked critter from away!
Armbrust Hill - On December 13th Kathy Warren shared…..”There have been bunches of them at my house. Gigi & Karols place. Not right now but a couple weeks ago they were down at the foot of the lawn on Atlantic Ave and up around my parking space and first floor windows. Ick !”
Ick is right, and from Kathy’s details the flight in her neighborhood took place roughly at the same time as Linnell’s reports. Thank you Kathy!
Clam shell Alley – Jennifer Clement sent in a report of some winter moth activity. “I did indeed see winter moths here on Clam Shell Alley. I didn’t document the day, alas. One night, I left the front light on and, coming home, had to battle my way through a blizzard of them to get in the door. Just one birch out front, the subject of all that action. Another night, days later, I saw many on the kitchen window toward the stand of trees in back of my house. About the same as last year around here, I’d say. No parasitic fly success yet.”
Good call Jennifer on the state of the parasitic flies! Thanks for sharing!
|Broad winged Hawk|
Greens island – 11/18 Northern Shrike.
|can you find the great cormorant in the picture?|
The story here…is about how cool December trips to Seal can be. The purpose of the trip (if I am correct) was to set up the Seal Camera. That was the excuse I guess, but seeing all that good stuff is like the bonus. Thanks for sharing John! Keep ‘em coming!
|bald eagle on leadbetter|
The story here….is obviously the 94 old tailed ducks! Over 80 of them were in Rockland Harbor! Working hard for the Kittiwake, Great Cormorant, and purple sandpiper was both fun and rewarding. Lots of crows heading to the mainland was interesting as well.
(12/21) Long cove – 15 bufflehead, 3 Bonaparte’s gulls, 4 ravens, and loons singing!
|can you find the seals in this photo?|
(12/21) State Beach – 7Red-breasted Merganser, 8 common eiders, 5 common loon, 10 black guillemot, 57 red-necked grebe, 2 old tail ducks, 6 common goldeneye,
The story here…. Were the Red-necked grebes, which I totally love (don’t tell Amy!), and the goldeneye which I have not seen much of on the mainland so far. Give it time!
|this river is pleasant|
(12/21) Pleasant river – 2 hooded mergansers, 3 black ducks, 1 mallard
The story here…was the hooded mergansers which are always fun to see. Pleasant River is a pleasant place to observe – especially when the ice pushes critters towards the boondoggle bridge.
|crow pellet - full of bayberries|
(12/21 Carver’s Pond – 12 buffleheads, 7 hood mergansers, 1 common loon
(12/21) Lane’s Island – 3 common eiders, 2 black guillemots, 3 chickadees, long-eared owl pellet, crow pellet - and now for the … Pellet photo gallery
|long-eared owl pellet|
|snowshoe hare and deer tracks|
not sure what this guy is, but
he was out on the snow
|vole subnivial layer trail|
and then there was this raccoon that got hit
I wonder if it made a popping noise when it got hit!
snow angels and getting ready for the Christmas show at school
and some leif
|we are so ready for more snow !|
hey - happy and safe new years - love to all and hope to see you out there in 2017!