This is the first Eastern mud turtle I have seen this year. I have picked up baby ones before and man do they stink! I just take pictures of them now and don’t mess with them. I guess thats why they make such a stink in the first place. By the end of the summer I usually get bored with them anyway because they are so common.
I saw a raccoon digging in the mud flats the other day. Its looked like it was finding shellfish in the mud. Shortly after that I saw another one crossing a ditch. When it got to the other side it stopped and watched me to see what was going on. It got board with me and then just walked away when it realized I couldn’t get to him/her.
While at Rehoboth Beach today with my family I saw some dolphins. There was five or six of them in a tight formation just off of the beach. They were playing more than the kids were playing. It’s neat watching how social they are. If you can see in the pictures, check out all of those scars on their backs. When I got home I looked up the difference between dolphin and porpoise. The teeth, body size and length along with dorsal fin shape are all different. Since I could only see the fins I used that to identify these mammals as dolphins. Dolphins have a wave shaped dorsal fins and porpoise have a triangle shaped fins similar to a shark. I think these look like waves to me so I’m going with dolphin.
I put this picture up for my sister who loves frogs. I think he is trying to find a mate in this picture. Check out the vibrations in the water from when he was making that big old bull frog noise. There were more than 20 other frogs in the same area sitting on top of the aquatic plants.
Sometimes there so many minnows it looks like you could walk across them. In the spring I find areas where the fresh water impoundments meet the tidal brackish water and there’re many schools of minnows. It’s interesting to watch them as they swim away from larger fish, birds and my shadow. The picture shows minnows that were all bunched against the side of a bank but I couldn’t tell what they were trying to avoid. They look so pretty when the sun hits the side of them.
I have read about making birdhouses and one of the things always mentioned is the size of the opening for specific bird species. I was at a friend’s house last weekend and saw birds using houses that were not designed for them. Some of the houses were not even meant for birds, they were decoration but the birds lived in them anyway. So I went home and used some pieces of reclaimed wood I had from some old picnic tables I found in a dump. I made up my own dimensions based on the size of lumber I was using. I figured while I was at it I would make it a double decker also. So here is a picture of it in my shop before I hung it in a willow tree in my back yard. If I get birds nesting in it I’ll upload a picture of that too but it may be too late for this season already.
I love owls and today I was lucky enough to get to see this owl three times. Each time I saw it I was able to get a better picture. This picture is when he let us get close for just a minute. I looked it up when I got home and it is a short-eared owl. Looking through the lens and seeing those big yellow eyes was a real thrill.
Check out those feet! Me and the family were taking a ride in one of the wildlife areas and found a bunch of coots in a tidal area. Since the ice kept them from getting to deep water we could see their feet. Their feet are very unique looking. There were hawks snatching them up also. My wife Amber got a good shot of this one so check it out.
I saw two opossums in two days which is cool because I haven’t seen even one for a couple years. Well not any that were alive anyway. The picture is a little fuzzy because this shot was through the windshield. When I got out he/she ran away and I chased it with no success. I have not put any pictures up lately because all I have been finding is birds. I love birds of coarse but I wanted to show some variety so here you go.
It was very warm yesterday and today which brought the turtles out. Me and my son found this painted turtle walking across the road. There were three leeches on it’s back which was interesting. We saw turtles everywhere yesterday. It was kinda neat walking around in a tee shirt with the sound of goose hunters shooting in the distance. Usually I have to have my coat and beanie on.