TURTLE LOVE - A large Snapping Turtle showed up in the yard today. We see her every year, up from the beaver pond to lay eggs. Our field guide says, females, mainly in June, will search open areas far from water to lay eggs. This is the third year straight we have seen this turtle on the yard.
PURPLE FINCH? - The state bird of New Hampshire, the Purple Finch, is not really purple. Why the name? The species name, purpureus, comes from Latin and means “crimson” or other reddish color. Our word “purple,” meaning a color obtained from mixing red and blue, derives from the Latin, purpureus. The Purple Finch is really a crimson colored finch.
THE CHICKS - Herons chicks waiting to be fed. I check on Heron nests on a couple of beaver ponds - and when I checked back on this one, I found the chicks in this nest surprisingly large already.
FALLNG WATER - Waterfalls are tranquil places and when rain swells the beaver pond, the brook from the beaver pond has cascading waterfalls. We love this spot we call tumbling dice for the square-ish rocks.