Another reason snapping turtles are in danger

I forgot I still had some images on my pocket camera.  Here is one of the remains of a snapping turtle nest near our house.  Some other animal didn’t read the Endangered Species Act and got all the eggs.  This was taken in late fall and I would have seen it if it had happened more than a day or two earlier.

Snapping Turtle nest destroyed
Snapping Turtle nest destroyed

Redwinged blackbirds return (to a snowstorm)

The blackbirds always migrate so this is the first real spring bird.  Foolish creature, we’re having another snow storm.  I hope the robins aren’t too close; although the blackbirds eat at the feeder so should survive until the thaw, I have never seen a robin feeding except on the ground which is still 20-40 cms deep in snow.

The redwinged blackbirds live next door on the edge of a dugout in the swamp, nesting among the cattails but are usually at the feeder daily throughout the season.  They need to watch out for the snapping turtles which are the nearest we get to alligators.

Redwinged Blackbird
Redwinged Blackbird

He is probably hungry (didn’t see the female yet) after his long journey.  He stayed at the feeder for quite a while, through several changes of species.

Redwinged Blackbird 2
Redwinged Blackbird 2

While I had the camera out, I took a picture of the nuthatch – a year-round resident.

Red-Breasted-Nuthatch

The Goldfinches are back

I’m not sure where they’ve been, they usually stay here all winter, just not as brightly coloured as in mating season.  However, I don’t blame them for deserting us as this has been the coldest winters with longest deep snow cover that hides a lot of seeds.

But they are finally back, and very welcome as the first of the migrants.  Maybe they just went into the city where it is quite a bit warmer and no snow.

Goldfinches
Goldfinches