Coyote Snooping for Fox Pups

Coyote sniffing for the fox pups. Later that evening, the Coyote found the den. The mother fox created a decoy by yelping to draw attention to her, and not the pups. At this time, the pups, growing older, were getting ready to leave the den. Over the next  few days, only 3 out of the 8 were left at the den. Within a few more days of the coyote sightings, neither mom or any pups were seen again.


White Nose

Suspected White-nose syndrome, caused by fungus that is common in Europe, where bats are immune to it. It was likely carried across the Atlantic by a tourist who dropped some spores in Howe Caverns, in New York. By 2013, the die-off had spread to 22 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. This bat on our deck, seemed to be in distress.   Although, the still images show some visible white fungal growth on the bat’s muzzle, this is not a reliable indicator of the syndrome. The video was taken Mar 14, 2011, north Dighton, MA. Outdoor temperature at 39 degrees.


      Below Image: White spots may be the syndrome.


Oliver Mill Park

A green space, Oliver Mill Park, in  Middleboro, MA, is a great place to bring the family.  The Nemasket River and the surrounding area are fantastic ecological neighborhoods to explore with the kids. Below is a short video of herring migration. Also, below, A great blue heron, with Sea Lamprey in its bill. Yes, Sea Lamprey.


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Northern Black Racer

Northern Black Racer, North Dighton, MA  There are several black racer subspecies with ranges through different areas of the US. The range of the northern black racer is generally from southern Maine to eastern Ohio and south to northern South Carolina, northern Georgia, northern Alabama and northeastern Mississippi. Northern black racers inhabit all but the extreme northeastern corner of Connecticut. Their population has been declining from habitat loss.  Northern Black racers are active hunters and eat insects, frogs, toads, small birds and small mammals. They pursue prey and swallow them whole. Although coils may be used to hold prey to the ground, they do not kill by constriction.  (Connecticut Wildlife)

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Mom feeds fledgling.

Robin treats fledgling to a tasty worm. For the first four days of a nestling’s life, the parent birds regurgitate partly digested food into each baby’s mouth. By five days of age, the nestlings get earthworms that parents break into small mouthfuls. The babies eat more each day. Soon parents give them whole worms and large insects. Each young robin may eat 14 feet of earthworms in a two-week nest life—and worms are not even their main food!  Did you know they start learning the sounds their parents make.