On Thursday, we visited a Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, Massachusetts. What was interesting was the starting of new life, both in the reptile world and in the birding world.
A large female Common Snapping Turtle was on the side of the dike, in full view of everyone laying eggs for the next generation. We had met a number birder who stated that he had found on another portion of the refuge, another turtle doing the same thing.
If you look closely at the close-up of the head of the common snapping turtle, you will notice that it is apparently blind on one side.
Later on, a red-wing blackbird was gathering food to bring back to the nest,
marsh wrens were singing at the nest, trying to attract females and in the impoundment, a female Wood Duck was leading a string of over 13 young ducklings.
It is spring, going onto summer and new life is beginning and continuing the Circle of Life.
So go out and enjoy, learn, and appreciate the natural world around us.