Tiit trick – click on any photo and make them jumbo sized! It’s fun! miss ya dad!
Crazy – check out this article in the st George dragon - http://stgeorgedragon.com/blog/
There you have it….
Sightings – we’ll start with what some might say was the “sighting of a lifetime in the tidepools”. This is an incredible video of two young gooseneck barnacles that washed into the intertidal area at Lane’s Island when the “floaties” of the rock weed they were attached to broke off from the rest of its plant. I have never come close to finding something like this is in the tidepools around Vinalhaven. These “dudes” were found by a 14 year old girl (young woman? not sure what’s cool to call anyone), named Norah and the video was taken by her dad, Rob Ryan. Very cool and thanks for sharing!
photo by Colleen Conlan
Colleen Conlan, legendary knitter (user of mushrooms to dye wool for said knitting) and a wonderful person among other titles, sent in this picture of a snake backbone she found in her garden recently. In years past Colleen has been a source of great snake pictures including several coiled together and sunning on a shrub in her yard. Neat to see the backbone of the slitherer, maybe one from the historic photo! Thanks for sharing Colleen.
|young punk - robin|
photo by Jim Conlan
|what the cap?|
photo by Jim Conlan
As if that weren’t enough – Jim also sent in this picture of a fly laying eggs or something like that on this small dead mammal. Very cool!
|perfect place to raise a family|
photo by Jim Conlan
State beach cove July 18 in the fog..
Rick Morgan sent in this photo of a group of yellowlegs, as well as this hazy photo of a whimbrel at State Beach (7/25)! Rick also reports merlin sightings at Indian Creek and Mill River.
photo by Beth Guilford
And Beth was also kind enough to send in this picture of beautiful primrose moths – thanks for sending in that one too, Beth!
And an Indian pipe, our favorite “epi-parasitic” plant, just making its way to the surface.
The story here was the sand dollars, which are classic for little white island.
|line of spraint....happy trail!|
Bald island otter activity - I loved seeing the otter trail through the marshy area, so well worn, more obvious than years past. The way through the quarry marsh seems to move over time, a fluctuation in spacial location and focus that may result in less than quality angles. This year the trail is quite obvious…
…lots of mounds of rolled up grasses and forbs covered with spraint and that anal goo that is really gross (judgment).
The historic slide once lined with chanterelles in now ancient, and a new trail entering the quarry has developed. Lined with one russula, it isn’t hard to imagine an otter or two or three or four belly sliding down the incline and into the quarry. It’s the continuation of the trail lined with mounds. The mounds trail (mounds don’t, by the way).
|scarlet waxy caps are plentiful at Huber|
|young painted bolete|
photo by Linnell Mather
|chicken fat suillus|
|Purple bloom Russula|
|cracked bolete - Boletellus chrysenteroides|
|blusher amanita - Amanita rubescens|
|scaber stalk - Leccinum aurantiacum|
|painted lady - underwing|
|painted lady - upper|
|silver spotted skipper|
Butterflies - Loads of Painted Ladies, and apparently some American Ladies as well turning up…Aphrodite Fritillary….silver spotted skipper…pearly crescent…painted lady all from a recent trip to otter creek (Mount Desert Island). with a name like “otter creek” it’s hard to argue…I spent the summer of 2005 there.
Raccoons – at this point 4 different people over the last month have approached me to ask whats happened to the island’s raccoons. Each person noted that they hadn’t see one in months, which got me paying a little more attention to raccoon sign especially scat (raccoon scat is the most underappreciated scat on the island!). Anyway, places like the white islands usually are loaded with raccoon scat and alas I saw not a speck of it in my ventures the other day.
Allan Hayes spotted a raccoon near Folly Pond recently, so my declarations that they are all dead was a little premature. I also found 1 patch of scat on Calderwood Island, so they certainly aren’t all gone, but something has put a dent into the raccoon population. Tanited garbage? Bad crabs? Paralytic shellfish poisoning? In the speculation room we have ruled out rabies since an island wide epidemic would have resulted in a stretch of time where zombie raccoons ruled the woods. Have you been seeing raccoons? Have you been poisoning raccoons? Any thoughts? Anyone care?