Saturday, May 22, 2010
Bona Dea Turtle nest, Bullfrog, Wildflower Update
Bona Dea was sunny and windy and warmer today, Friday. A former Co-worker came along for a visit. We went on Swinging Bridge Trail and first thing saw a Red-eared Slider water turtle's nest. The babies had apparently hatched and dug their way out of the really hard gravel packed trail. One photo shows the hole and white egg shells that I lined around the hole. The other is a close up of the inside of the hole showing how deep it was and the gravels. I fed the fish some at the Spillway and then saw a Great Blue Heron wading bird sitting on a log in Prairie Creek. One photo shows it looking back at me and the other one showing it preening itself. Some Green Herons flew over Waldon Pond as well as some American Crows. Easter Kingbirds were working over on the island in the pond. Also along the trail close to the old Swinging Bridge were some just opened blooms of a Light Blue Harebell Bellflower. 2 photos. Then over on Beaver Trail there was actually a Beaver in Black Water Swamp. But as luck would have it, my camera battery died. But before that I took this photo of a big Bullfrog. On the way out to the parking area, there were Scissor-tail Flycatchers and Mourning Doves around the pumping station. The spillway was still running pretty good. Too much to cross over. But a good sized Yellow/Plain bellied watersnake swam by to say hello.