04-18-16 Field Note

The arrival of spring contributes to increased wildlife activity at MPG North. Allison M. Bernhisel shares a field note documenting sun bathing reptiles, breeding ducks, and a new bird species!  

In spring, as the temperatures begin to rise, bales of western painted turtles emerge from the bottom of Home Pond to bask in the sun.
Amongst the dry cattail litter, a common garter snake also takes advantage of the fleeting sun.
Several duck species have started exploring the waters of MPG North. I noticed Bufflehead pairs in both Entrance Pond and Home Pond (pictured). The drakes spend much of their time diving for food (left inset) and grooming (right inset).
Mallards (top), Hooded Mergansers (middle), and Barrow’s Goldeneyes (bottom), have also arrived.
The Pied-billed Grebe, a new species for MPG North, was recently detected by a game camera in Home Pond.
Home pond
 
 
Posted on 4/18/2016 by Anonymous

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