Common Snapping Turtle, 5/6/12 (Wolf Oesterreich)
This Common Snapping Turtle was found crossing the Stone Brooke spur. It is one of 4 turtle species I have recorded in the Park. The most common is the Northern Painted Turtle, followed by the Red-eared Slider (pet trade), and the Spiny Softshell Turtle (found in the main lakes). The numbers of Red-eared Sliders seem to be dwindling.
The first Indigo Bunting was found singing in the woods near the SE corner of the south lake. Warblers, vireos, and thrushes were rather abundant in the woods at the bluff. New warblers included Ovenbirds and Black-and-white. Yellow-rumped and Tennessee Warblers were, by far, the most common. Individuals of Blackpoll, Magnolia, Yellow, Nashville, and American Redstarts were also recorded, Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrushes, plus Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos rounded out the list.
I fear that the Red-tailed Hawk nestlings may have been taken. No adult has been on or at the nest since the 4th and I have not seen any nestling. An adult has been sighted in an adjacent tree, so there may still be some hope. However, two Barred Owls were hooting in the same woods and they known to be opportunistic hunters.