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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
(See Spring Lake, part one.)
After our adventure with the swans and turtle nests we walked to where the wetland boardwalk joins with the North Country Trail behind the old brick brewery.
My attention went to the water lilies and blue flag irises until just ten inches from my foot was something that made my heart race!
There, in the soft grass, partially hidden by branches was a tiny fawn all curled up in a circle sleeping and seeking shelter from the rain. Trying not to disturb the spotted white tail deer I snapped a few photos. Her eye opened slowly as she lay still.
While I looked behind me to get Erich's attention she bounded away into the marsh grass to hide. What a rare opportunity! I will not forget that moment of discovery any time soon!
A few days ago Erich and I took a little hike through Spring Lake Park on M-119, really more like a lagoon. We were rewarded with several wildlife encounters which, of course, we photographed.
The resident pair of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) came to see us and later were joined by a cygnet! (baby swan). We also found at least a half dozen Snapping Turtle nests which had already harbored many eggs to the hatching point. I've heard rumors that there are so many large turtles in the pond that's the reason we rarely see any cygnets in spite of the fact that a pair of swans can hatch 5-12 cygnets in one season.
An open turtle nest
The male (cob) is extremely territorial and can become very aggressive, even toward humans, as he showed us by hissing, approaching and displaying his impressive wingspan. The female (pen) was protective, keeping the cygnet close to her.