During the past week many new flowers, animals and insects have appeared.
First, a few plants.
A few trees.
Finally! After having seen damselflies emerge from the Wetlands since the 19th of March I was able to get a photo of one, a Fragile Forktail, another “punctuation mark” insect.
Reptiles made themselves more available for viewing in the past week as well. Since March 10th when I saw the first Common Snapping Turtle of the season they have been out foraging in the shallows and even basking on the boulders of the Wetlands.
Northern Water Snakes disappeared for a couple of days due to cool weather, but came back out of hiding towards the end of this week.
And finally, many birds have been busy with mating and nesting activities. On at least two different days I watched a male Belted Kingfisher fly wildly around the Wetlands, splashing in the water after fish (usually unsuccessfully) then fly over to the female, who had been observing this behavior, and mate with her.
A crow was seen plucking a twig from the upper branches of a tree and carry it off to its nest.
Anyone willing to hazard a guess as to which crow this is, American Crow or Fish Crow? I heard it calling as it went about its business, so I already know. Not fair, of course, and I don’t think that I could tell which crow it was from this picture, but I’d be happy to entertain your educated guesses.