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The Vinalhaven Sightings Report is organized and edited by Kirk Gentalen on behalf of Vinalhaven Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Out and about on Vinalhaven, MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen reports on what he and others have seen in their travels. Contributions of stories and photos are welcome, and can be sent to


Monday, November 4, 2019

Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report – November 1 2019

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Blip - #3 – insects - monarchs and mostly photos of clearwing moths


hummingbird clearwing
PSA – You should be wearing orange when out in the woods these days – it is deer hunting time in Maine. Currently we are in archery season and while there are certainly less of these hunting types,  youth day is approaching quickly (October 26), with fire arm season (Nov 2-30) and muzzleloader/expanded archery  extending the season until mid Decemember (Dec 14). Exciting times in the woods, for sure. Good idea to get in the habit of orange hats, jacket, vest, gloves, etc. just to announce your presence a little more.  Especially when close to deer habitat which is pretty much the entire island.


There is no hunting statewide on Sundays and never hunting on the Lane’s Island Preserve. 


And so…..its been a while, the entire staff at the VSR was gone, outta state, outta mind for a stretch. To make a long story short, the VSR was placed on the royal “backburner” maybe a dozen times over the last two months. Things collected – piled up really, some good stuff too. We have now come to the conclusion that we won’t have enough time in one “fell swoop”, so instead we will be making “little swoops” – kind of blips and bleeps, “shorties” for those Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans – and so here they come. 


Thanks of course to all those who have shared and continue to share sightings – natural and beyond – because sharing is what the VSR is all about. Send your photos, stories and emails to – its what the cool kids are doing!


New stuff – what a fall for Monarch Butterflies– the number of adults numbered (roughly) in the gagillions – reminiscent of the falls 08-09….before the “monarch blip” – those few years of little to none, or just plain old none. None monarchs seen. This year there were too many of them, if that is possible.


red admiral
They weren’t the only butterflies hitting the airwaves the last few months. Red admirals…

white admiral
snowberry clearwing

Clearwing moths – our favorite “at the moment” moth at the moment when we saw many of them in September.  of both the hummingbird and snowberry variety were found in numbers
hummingbird clearwing
hummingbird clearwing
meadowhawks mating

Dragonflies were wonderful as always at the pond on Armbrust Hill.
female amberwing dragonfly
male amberwing dragonfly
and in the basin - the first eastern giant crane fly I've seen
eastern giant crane fly
leif in the Camden hills