Day at the Boardwalk

Deneen and I went to the boardwalk at White Memorial last weekend.  Among a lot of other cool stuff we saw this huge snapping turtle making its way to some open water right next to the boardwalk.

Just after the sun set we located a woodcock doing its mating display.  As it flew up, in order to flutter back to earth making a twittering whistle with its wings, we snuck up closer and closer to its landing place.  It buzzed away as I got these pictures while lying on the ground about 10 feet away.

First Woodcock Sighting of the Year

Deneen and I witnessed two Woodcocks competing in their courting ritual on Tuesday Feb 21 just after dusk. Yesterday morning the 22 we heard another one in a different location (our house) just before dawn. Last year we first noticed them in the middle of March. It has been unseasonably warm here in CT this winter but maybe they always start this early.