What started out as a simple move from the winter house back to my cozy summer cabin turned into several days off-line because the phone line in the cabin wasn’t working and on the first trip out, the phone company tech went to the wrong house – and then came the weekend.
It has been a crazy week here anyway. The new floor is finally being laid in the bird observatory building. Terrible timing for having the banding lab torn up again, but between the weather and the moving, we haven’t been able to get started anyway. Several of the net lanes are still underwater from last week’s storm.
Met this fellow in the driveway next to the pond, on the way to the swamp net. He/she was crossing from the swamp to the pond. We stopped to admire each other (well, I told him how handsome he really was, but all he did was hiss at me. Must have been a female…)
He wasn’t all that big – maybe 10 inches across the carapace, but still a good size. His claws were amazing, and he used them to propel himself across the macadam road in record turtle time. It only took him about five minutes to travel approximately the 40 feet or so to the pond edge.
After watching him go across the driveway, he basically ignored my presence and headed for the water. He was encrusted with dried swamp mud, so I’m sure the water must have felt good to him.
He is the first snapper I’ve seen on the pond, though of course, always knew there had to be a couple of them in there. Now we know there’s at least one…