The turtles were out in force on the logs, rocks, and any other surface that lends itself to basking yesterday (3/17/11).
The first Common Snapping Turtles of the season were spotted yesterday as well.
The American Toad that I heard in Catch the Wind last Thursday (3/3/11) was busy in the U-shaped pond next to the Ornithopter.
And, several times during the past week or so I’ve witnessed the Red-shouldered Hawks mating.
There’s a lot of aerial display, loud screeching and general showing off that leads up to the actual mating, but copulation last only a few seconds, and then it’s back to showing off again.