Yesterday’s animal friends: A blanding’s turtle and a little brown snake. First blanding’s I’ve come across in maybe 30 years! They are listed as a “species of concern” by the DNR and their declining numbers are largely attributed to habitat loss. It doesn’t help that they lay relatively small clutches and are slow to reach sexual maturity.
Not pictured: super long neck and sweet disposition! :-) If you swipe you can see a photo of a northern brown snake. They’re very small and are absolutely the nicest, most docile snakes I’ve ever encountered.
A Bonaparte’s Gull stops during his migration to his isolated breeding grounds in the Boreal Forest of Canada. They are the only Gull that regularly nests in trees. They also don’t eat garbage or carrion
Either a Forster’s or Common Tern, very difficult to distinguish, so I won’t try 😂 They are one of 3 species of Terns that come to the island in the spring and summer. They are aerial divers, plunging into the water from the air for food, very fun to watch. Swipe for in flight photos and comparison to a Seagull