Monday, September 1, 2014

Snapping Turtle at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Fall colors are starting to show up around Massachusetts and around this sanctuary....

 Skimming Bluet
(Had you noticed it in the last photo?)

 and a giant Snapping Turtle!!

 Want to go for a swim???

I sat down on the boardwalk to try to get as level as possible with the turtle when it came up for air.

Eastern Painted Turtles

Love the neck colors!


 Blue Dasher (male)


 Oak Petiole Galls

Robber Fly

Interesting fungus

After doing a little reading, I believe this to be birch polypore, which is found primarily on dead birch trees (but sometimes on living ones as well).  It will break down the dead wood.  It only lives for one year, although it may still be present in following years in a dark form.  It is tough and has been used in past years to sharpen knives!  It was also used in a powdered form of it to start fires.

and more

Also seen:

Black-Capped Chickadee
Canada Goose
Double Crested Cormorant
Gray Catbird
Red Tailed Hawk
Tufted Titmouse

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