Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report - April 3rd, 2011
Brought to you by the kind folks at VLT and MCHT
Highlights: Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Great Blue Heron, Ducks & Exoducks, Seal Bay, Eagle on nests, Woodcocks everywhere, Killdeer, Operculum poop, clouds
Upcoming Events: Basin Marsh Clean-up - April 9th, 10am to Noon. You bring some gloves and we'll bring some bags and we'll all team up to make the Basin a little more nicer. Meet at Skoog to carpool. We've already gotten one truck offer, we won't say who's truck, but at this point i'd just like to point out what a pleasant place the Tidewater Inn is to stay at when you are visiting or have family visiting or just want to stay in a hotel/motel. Anyway, if we could get another truck that might be cool, but also might be unneccessarryy. Whatever, come and clean up some garbage, and feel better about yourself. VLT event!
|Will we get this good of a look on April 16th?|
|you lookin at me?|
|Why do we love seal bay?|
Seal Bay - A kayak trip (3/30) turned out to be most fortuitous as far as wildlife went. Ducks were numerous : 100+ Oldtails, 100+ Buffleheads, 40 Surf Scoter, infinity plus 1 Common Eiders, 50 + Common Goldeneye - all seen from the kayak.
|Penobscot Island eagle nest. Adult sitting tight on eggs? Hatchlings?|
|trying to get their attention.|
There were many leaps like the one pictured above that resulted in some big splashes. every now and then the seal in the water would circle around the ledge, splashing and swimming just at the surface leaving white water in its wake. This went on for about 15 mintues before the big one bolted from the top ledge after the agitator and the likes of them were never identified again
|thats my paddle, my kayak, my arm, my camera, |
and my head and beard shadows.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, with water clear enough you could see my beard shadow on the bottom!and in conclusion let me remind you that only people who don't care about your happiness tell you not to kayak in the winter. Fact.
|state beach clouds|
|last ice - from the basin|