The thumbnail sized Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), or Stinkpot, in the photo above was walking up the middle of the path in Explore the Wild. The light markings on the marginal scutes of its carapace and face identify it as a musk turtle. To get a feel for its size, the willow leaf next to the turtle is less than a centimeter across at its widest (7 or 8 mm).
I saw several adults of these bottom-walking, tree-climbing aquatic turtles out and about during the latter part of May, presumably out laying eggs. Our little friend above is most likely the result of one of those springtime terrestrial treks.
In the bird news, three wood ducks flew over the Wetlands on Friday (10/7). What I assume were the same three actually came in to land on the water the following day. The ducks promptly swam into the willows and were not seen again the rest of the day.
The first of the season Winter Wren and Northern Flicker were seen on Tuesday (10/11).