Baby Snake Stuck in Screen Door

June 10,2014   Oh my!  As I walked out to my studio this morning I suddenly looked up to see a beautiful baby corn snake struggling to free itself from the TOP of my screen door.  I did not want to tug on the screen for fear of strangling the little guy!  I gently wiggled the screen until he fell 6' to the terra ferma.   SDW

Welcome Home Eastern Phoebe Nest

May 15, 2013    Upon our arrival home, we discovered an Eastern Phoebe nest directly above our main entrance!  What to do? Painters arriving tomorrow at 8a.m.  The nest is built from woven twigs covered  with bright green moss.  It has four small cream colored eggs and one larger brown spotted eggs.  Obviously a cow bird has planted its progeny in this beautiful nest!   SDW

Eastern Bluebird Doubles

May 16, 2013   Woke up this morning to two pairs of Eastern Blue birds on the wires.  Unusual because we rarely have more than one pair.  LL thinks we have kidnapped them but I think it because our neighborhood is now a cat-free zone!   SDW

Mama Snapping Turtle Saga

June 20, 2013   a very wet and rainy day here in Central Vermont.  As I looked out over our Lupine wild garden, I saw a turtle foraging through the dirt.  A closer look I realized it was a large Northern Snapping Turtle digging a hole in preparation to lay her eggs.  Although camouflaged, her hooked snout, diamond back shaped shell, and long prehistoric spiked tail was a dead give-away!  Beware was her warning so I looked but did not touch

 June 23, 2013  Three days later, I noticed her body-print in the mud out by the pond, about 150 yards away.  Then suddenly, I turned and noticed two perfectly round white orbs on the bottom on the pond, inches away from where I was standing.  I took off my Sloggers and waded into the pond to retrieve the eggs which I was sure would not incubate exposed in that cold water.  I walked them back to the Lupine garden a deposited them in the original hole the Mama Snapper had previously dug.

Now we wait for the hatchlings to to emerge in 16 weeks, which will be the last week in September, or the first week in October.   SDW