Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Recent Arrivals

In the last week, quality boardwalk time has been limited.  If we were not accomplishing other tasks (tractor maintenance, driveway repair, paperwork, etc.) and were on the boardwalk leading a group, the weather often did not cooperate.  Like many of us, animals are not as active during rainy or unseasonably cool weather.  Today, however, was a different story.

Prothonotary Warblers are singing and battling for territories.  Just in time for Wine & Warblers happening on Sat.

Prothonotary Warbler inspecting cavity - Mark Musselman
A014 singing - Mark Musselman
 The warmer weather has also brought out the reptiles.

Eastern Cottonmouth - Mark Musselman
Common Musk Turtle - Mark Musselman
Red-bellied Water Snake - Mark Musselman
 Even some of the normally-nocturnal creatures were out to sample the bounty of the swamp.
Raccoon - Mark Musselman
There were plenty of other sights and sounds, including an American Crow flying back to its nestlings with the chick of another species secured in its bill.  Everything has to eat!  We will be doing just that at Wine and Warblers.

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