Category Archives: Wildlife

Baby Turtle

  Along the Sunrise Trail in eastern Maine that I often bike in the summer/fall months, there are several sections that are marked for caution as they’re sensitive turtle nesting habitats.

 

Most of the rides I went on last year, I didn’t see a single turtle until fall. September to be exact.   On one such bike ride, I stopped on a little bridge to take a drink of water and I just happened to look down and see a little baby turtle, just one, all by its lonesome, climbing a rock in the little brook running under the bridge.

       

Now, earlier on the bike ride I’d seen another baby turtle, but sadly it had been run over by a 4-wheeler [-_-,], so I was so happy to see this little one alive and kicking that, I’ll freely admit, I squealed a little.  

 

You have no idea how badly I wanted to scoop it up, take it home, and name it Donatello, but I know better than to mess with wildlife like that. It did make my day to see it and take a few pictures though!    

 

Until next time…

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~A.M.

Turtle or Tortoise?

 

I’ve heard and read that it’s easy to tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise but for the life of me, I can’t remember what characteristics you’re supposed to look for in order to tell.

 

So, that being said, I’m not sure if this guy (or gal) I saw while on a bike ride this past fall is a turtle or a tortoise. I’m going with my gut here and guessing turtle. If I’m wrong, someone please correct me and re-educate me on the differences between the two. I do seem to remember that the shape and size of the shell was one way to tell them apart but again, I don’t know what characteristics belong to which. Either way, this was a surprise to encounter on the trail and I was sure to keep my distance in case it was a snapper or…you know…a ninja. [-_^]

 

 

Anyway, this dude (or dudette as I didn’t go poking around looking to see what gender it was. That would have been awkward for everyone involved!), was just cruising along down the Sunrise Trail in eastern Maine, heading from one small boggy body of water, to another. I don’t know how far it traveled before I happened upon it but by the time it headed into the grass toward the water, it traveled a good mile from where I first encountered it. I even took a little video of it cruising along. For an animal that’s known to be slow, this little dude was just trucking!

 

I just thought I’d share this now because I was looking back through my photo archive from 2017 and realized I hadn’t shared any shots of this dude before. I can hear your gasps of shock and indignation. I also have shots from another bike ride of a baby turtle (yeah, I’m going with turtle), but I’ll share one from that group later. Maybe for my next post.

 

Until next time…

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~A.M.

Young Buck

I’m no stranger to female deer in my front yard, but a while ago, I was shocked to see a young buck following a mother and her two female offspring into my yard. I don’t know if he was the offspring of the mother from last year or if he was following them because he fancied one of the girls but the mother didn’t seem very happy he was around. She kept trying to run him off. He retreated to the other side of my yard but stuck around. The little girls (they still had their spots at the time) didn’t seem bothered by him.

 

 

 

He’s so pretty.

 

I saw him only once more after this photo was taken. I wonder if he got together with one of the girls. Maybe she’ll come back to my yard in the spring with a baby of her own. [^_^]

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Doe…A Deer…A Female Deer…

 

 

Every time I least expect it, I look out my kitchen window and see anywhere from one to four deer in my front yard. As far as I’ve been able to tell, there are three mother deer with five babies between them (well, they’re no longer babies as their spots are gone). I try to take as many pictures as I can when I notice them, but sadly (sadly for me, good for them) I see less of them during hunting season.

 

 

I noticed this doe because of one of my cats. She (my cat) was staring out the window and when I went to look, there was a deer in my yard. I’m not sure which family group this one belongs to or if she was just a loner that wandered into my yard. It would help if they wore name tags so I could identify them. [-_^]

 

It’s funny that I see more deer in my yard than I do when I’m out on a hiking trail.

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Bangor Bunny

Apologies for this week’s post being a late, faithful readers.  I’ve been busy working on photos for a client.  But hey, it’s still Monday, right?  [-_^]

Anyway, those of you that follow my blog already know how excited I get to see wildlife while I’m out hiking or riding my bike.  It’s rare that I see things other than squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and the occasional snake or seal (on coastal trails), so when I come across a deer (see this post), I’m ecstatic.  But it’s even more rare that I spot a wild rabbit.

A while ago, I went for one of my last bike rides of the year in the Bangor City Forest and as I came around a curve in the trail, I saw this little guy (or gal) just hanging out, munching on clover.

Super cute!

Until next time…

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~A.M.