photo by Banner Moffet
|Calico Pennant from the Basin|
|old harbor pond|
|Iris field, field of iris|
photo by Stephen Zoloth
|Amanita mush-hump, gotta love 'em|
R.I.P. – we learned the sad news of the passing of Mia Mather last month. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Mia’s family and friends. She is missed already.
|Armbrust Hill Green Frog|
|green frog tadpole|
Upcoming events – MCHT/VLT Thursday morning bird walks are happening (I say this again below!). they alternate between starting at 8am or 7am - Check out the VLT or the MCHT websites for times! They are fun and have fun people on them. Trust me – you’ll learn that you love it or you’ll learn that you don’t like bird walks – either way you’ll be learning and what’s wrong with that!
|Armbrust Hill Chalk-fronted Skimmer|
Instagram – if you are on it and are into that kind of thing we (the royal “we”) are posting under the label “baldfulmar”.
|Harbor Porpoise swim by|
photo by Jay Borden
|photo by Jay Borden|
Jay positioned himself and his kayak in the right spots and was able to get these incredible shots. The porpoise were apparently curious as to Jay’s presence on the water as well! Thanks for sending these in Jay!
photo by Jay Borden
|ripples from the second porpoise|
Either way – thanks for sending in the picture Kerry and Eryk! Watch the road for critters when cruising up ol’ North Haven Road.
|full nelson - nelson's sharp tailed sparrow|
photo by Rick Morgan
Birdies – Bird walks are happening! – they have been going on since early June and people have been loving them. Here are a couple of lists and a photo of the Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow from the bird walk (7/6). See you out there!
Also with birdies – families of Red Crossbill were seen and heard in the Basin and at Huber in late June.
|this spraint had a real nice blue hue to it|
maybe 6 years ago this spot was marked with spraint. hasn't been marked since nad trust me I've been looking! easily could have been marked from scent glands, but hey...
|this tire acts like a stump or raised|
area on a trail where otters love to mark.
or it just had a great view
…also great to learn about otters all along the Maine coast – send us your Maine coast otter story today!
Soon some of the neighbors got involved – I know for a fact those nuthatches had no clue what they were yelling about. The chickadees seemed one part angry, one part curious. Anyway…
I pulled back down the trail after all the mobbing shenanigans and within moments things calmed down and the woodpeckers went right up to their nests like good parents should. I snapped a few photos of the woodpeckers tending and being parental. See what you think…
Chocolate tube slime – as you may know, we moved around the block recently and so will not be walking our traditional walk through the woods to the St. George school anymore. We saw a lot on this minute long trail over the 2 years we lived there and we closed out with a session with a Chocolate Tube slime.
Anyway, the chocolate tube
slime went from tiny white balls (so cute at that stage) to chocolately spore
dispersing elongated tubular wieners on a stick. Spore covered corn dogs. Spore
dogs! Spore dawgs. Love ‘em. Here are photos from the few days before we
moved, of two patches of chocolate tube slime on the same log…what a way to wrap up a trail! enjoy
|patch #1 day 3|
|patch #2 day 3|
|later it looked like this....|
|...and it looked like this...|
|baby downy woodpecker.|
cute, and a constant beggar
|Suillus sinuspaulianus has no common name it can find.|
can you come up with a common name for it?
|cool shaped pores|
... S. sinuspaulianus has a beautiful undercarriage of angular pores and a sweet ring around its stalk/stipe. just check these out....
....I also can’t remember the last dot-stalked suillus I saw, if ever but this one was definitely bloomin’ along turkey cove road in St. George. Subtle along the stalks…
Water club - (6/15) – wetlands close to Seal Bay turned up a handful of these beauties – love the “club fungus”.
Much more on fungus and mushrooms in the next VSR!
Butterflies – Tiger Swallowtails, American ladies, Common ringlets all pretty common these days. Lilacs have been sweet smelling and irresistible (no way to actually tell this) to American Lady butterflies.
I found this Viceroy sitting in the parking lot of the Tenants Harbor General Store. He spent the night in some potted flower thing on the porch. When you look at them closely they don’t really look that much like Monarchs, but it was fun to have this guy hang out for an evening in some store bought flowers. Classic Viceroy habitat!