Monday, June 20, 2016

Snapping Turtle Laying Eggs

Its that time of year again and the search is on to find Snapping Turtles laying eggs.  I had searched yesterday morning, looking for turtles but had , had no luck.  However today was my lucky day. I was almost ready to give up and go home when I saw a turtle walking toward my car along the roadside.

There was no action to see other than the turtle wandering around and a couple of times tried to cross the highway, however I directed traffic calling attention to the turtle on the road by gesturing toward it  and drivers caught on, saw the turtle and avoided hitting it.  I took a few pictures of the turtle nosing around on the edge of the roadside.
    These huge reptiles are big, ancient  , pretty ugly looking things; but I still find it fascinating when their rhythms of nature can be tracked every year.  After my first turtle sighting I went home and downloaded my pictures and then went down to the river area again AND  this time I found a turtle laying its eggs in a hole dug in the sand alongside the roadside.  Wow!!! What a lucky day I was having!  The exciting thing about this second sighting was that I got a picture of a turtle egg being dropped into the hole it had dug.  As soon as the egg dropped the turtle immediately put its hind legs in motion to draw sand from the sides of the hole to cover the eggs it had laid.
                 The turtle egg is the round, white ball in the center of the picture above.  Good job Mama Turtle!!!
I shall mark September 20th on my calendar as a reminder to check on the possible hatching of  this nest site.  The average incubation period for these newly laid eggs will be about 90 days!
                                     Above the turtle can be seen covering its eggs nest with a sweeping motion of its strong, powerful hind legs.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Finally a female ruby-trhroated Hummingbird

We have been watching our hummingbird feeder hopefully waiting for a female hummingbird to show up and finally , earlier this week we saw both a male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding at our feeder.. "Oh Happy Day"

male hummingbird feeding on the left and a female hummingbird feeding on the right.


Thursday, June 09, 2016

American Toad

Garter Snake

I don't often see snakes ad so I was rather pleased ( Not that I like snakes) to see one in my yard earlier this week. The striped body suggested to me that it was a Garter Snake and I feel quite confident identifying it as such.

shown above the Garter snake, head and body
above , the head of the Garter Snake.  I like its yellow eye!
Bye, bye snake . I shall be watching for you during the  coming summer months.( please do not creep up upon me in surprise!, as you might frighten me!)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

We have seen few ruby-throated Hummingbirds this year.  Usually the sightings are plentiful and we enjoy watching their visits to the feeds in sight of our windows.  But this year their visits are quite infrequent.  In fact I bought a new feeder and hung it in full view of our dining room window over a week ago. this morning was the first time I saw a hummingbird feeding at the new feeder.  Go figure? Following are a few of the best Hummingbird p[pictures I have been able to get so far this spring.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Spotted Sandpiper at the pond's edge

I love dots and find them ever so delightful when seen on a Spotted Sandpiper's body. I was searching the pond's edges one sunny day last week hoping to find a Painted turtle sunning itself upon the pond's shores.  Here are a few pictures  of the Spotted Delight that I had seen.

I had meant to post these Sandpipers on Saturday Critters but the day got away from me before I had it organized and under control.  I am hoping to get some Swallowtail butterfly pictures next week as our lilac bush is in beautiful bloom and colour : all ready to receive S2wallowtail feeding guests.  Have a nice Sunday everyone.  Sunny with cloudy intervals here and a bit cool, not such a lovely day.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cliff Swallows Gathering Mud for Nest building

Yesterday I noticed much active behaviour and wing fluttering of a small bird species around a mud puddle and decided to take some pictures to attempt to discover what was taking place.  It didn't take long to realize it was a small group of Cliff Swallows gathering mud to build a nest which I discovered in the eaves of a house nearby  where a cliff swallow house was being constructed.
The many pictures below need few words to describe the action.

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Have a wonderful; holiday weekend folks.