Monday, June 16, 2014

A Busy Sunday, Father's Day, Nature Photography Day, and a Diamond Terrapin Walk

Sunday At Allens Pond
r's Day, ninth annual Nature Photography Day and at Allens Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary, there was a Diamondback Terrapin Walk.

It was a great morning, the sun was shining with fluffy clouds in the sky.  We started out meeting Don and Sue at the field station, where they showed us some Diamondback Terrapin eggs that they had rescued.
Diamondback Terrapin egg

Dawn and Sue talking about the eggs

Diamondback Terrapin egg

We then walked down to the area of the marsh where we hope to find the terrapins.  The one thing against us, was it was very windy.  Don explained what we would look for in the sandy areas.  What the footprints of the Terrapin look like, why there are false nests and their appearance.  Although we searched a large area, we did not find any terrapins.

Don demonstrating what a diamondback Terrapin does with its nest

False nest
However, there was still a lot of nature around us, Fowler's Toad, Willits, Little Blue Heron, dragonflies and butterflies.
Skipper

Fowler's Toad

Willet in the tree

Little Blue Heron in the Marsh


A Willet egg was found out in the open and when we turned it over the bottom was broken, probably from a predator rather than from a hatchling. As we continue to search, hoping for the possibilities of terrapins we did find a Willet nest hidden under a bush with four eggs in the nest.  Once everybody had their look, we left so that the Willet could come back and get onto the nest.
Willet eggs in nest

Willet flying

Willet in the marsh


Flowers are blooming along the trails and in the butterfly garden, so if you want an enjoyable day come down and traveled the trails at Allens Pond.  Hope to see you there.
Iris

The view looking at the marsh the pond and the sky





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