Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mar 14, 2012: Erv's Field Notes #27

Fog lifts near the south lake outlet, 3/13/12 (Kevin Kane)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012. 2 to 3 pm. Bright sun shine, slight southerly breeze, temperature 65 degrees F.

Beautiful day. Lots of walkers, bikers and dogs. Took the upland trail today. Saw a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, Robins, Crows and at least six Killdeer. About 50 Canada Geese and a few Mallards were on one of the small ponds that still has water in the north wetlands. The flock was totally silent, and most were sleeping. Seven more geese were on Jensen's Pond. Painted turtles were out in force on Jensen's Pond. I counted 15 on a log on the west end, 1 on a log in the middle and 18 more on several logs on the east end of the pond. There was a variety of sizes indicating that reproduction is occurring. Painted turtles burrow into the soil to overwinter. They also lay their eggs in shallow nests that they excavate on shore.

Erv Klaas

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