Sightings – Warning- this is a long report! I know, I know! There is much more I could add, but at this point it’s long enough and I want to get this done. We were off island for the last 5 days, in Ohio were the internet hasn’t made it yet, so this is a little backdated. Nothing after August 31st, thats the way it goes. There you have it again….
|"The Velvet" - photo by Javier Penelosa|
|british soldiers anyone?|
|reindeer love this stuff|
|this photo has nothing to do with snails|
|Vinalhaven is for lovers...|
lovers of snails that is!
-photo by Steve Nanz
Round the island – (8/22) Reach road - Broad-winged Hawk…(8/26) Red Sea – Common Tern with young on ledges…(8/26) Granite Island Trails – Sharp-shinned family, complete with fledgling, is chatting/screaming in the trees above the creek-crossing bridge on the Quarry Loop trail. Same spot as last year, just little later this summer…Common Nighthawks seen migrating over the Reach (8/22) and Old Harbor Pond (8/25) - more to come!...Martha Reed's yard - Great Spangled Frittilary, Red Admiral, and a Black Swallowtail. great butterflies!
Bird Walks – So we wrapped up the Summer Wednesday Morning Bird Walks and I want to give a big thanks to all those who attended, it really was a great summer series, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. And I want to extend a big thanks to the VLT and MCHT for sponsoring the outings, and I’m looking forward to the next round! Here’s how it all wrapped up….
(8/24) State Beach – Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Semi-palmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Least Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Osprey, Song Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Common Loon, Goldfinch (cloacal kissing!), Crow, Common Eider… The story here was three fold – Incredible Eagle flybys – right over head and low!, the shorebirds and their truly amazing migration, and that the Goldfinch were still “doing it”! August cloacal kissings, now that’s’ hardcore!
|not the best pectoral sandpiper photo|
but we'll take it.
|Marasmius decompose a single needle|
|Amanita muscaria - being eaten by a slug|
notice the slug is neither vomitting
|Hail to the King!|
|Leif and Isa had lots of fun|
rock climbing on Hurricane
We were out there less than 2o hours and I feel like we saw so much. True highlights were everything – Barn Swallows! Swallows of any kind come as a welcome beacon of hope – one bird walk this summer we saw 2 barn swallows – the only I’ve seen on Vinalhaven this summer. Out there they nest in the shop, and are a major part of the scene for sure. White-winged crossbill male singing from a top of a spruce rang out a welcome to Leif and I, the best view I’ve gotten with the recent small wave that has reached Vinalhaven. Our morning walking with Leif’s buddies Isa and Addy the kids climbed some rocks and King Boletes were found! What a statement on the wealth the woods there has to offer. Needless to say we escorted two Kings found their way into Amy’s famous lasagna. Read my lips - There is nothing like a King Bolete. The yummiest of the yummy. And pretty cool looking too! And with that said, Otter scat was also found by the quarry out there. There are some really great folk getting things rolling out there (again), our hats off to them and all the
|The raccoon that pooped this didn't chew its food at all|
Are ash berries better the second time around?
|eyelash cups are striking little buggers|
What's even cooler (in my mind which shouldn't mean much) is that when the cups release their spores, if there's no wind or anything, you can actually hear a "pffff" sound being made by the fungus! this is the only time i've ever heard a fungus, other than the dream i had in 1997 of a chocolate milky wearing a sombraro telling me about hermit thrushes (that was a cool dream).
Yeah, and there's a lot of other stuff that's incomplete. we'll see you in mid-september....