The trail was very active this morning I arrived at 8:40, stayed for about two hours, and logged 30 species, including four FOS trail species for me this year, the first two of which were FOS species for me anywhere this year: Yellow Warbler, Green Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Scarlet Tanager.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Our resident tail-less Turkey Vulture made an appearance and came close to me to say hello.
Tail-less Turkey Vulture
I spent the good part of the afternoon mowing my lawn, and came across a female Red-eared Slider turtle laying her eggs, so I was careful to mow around that area. This turtle species is not supposed to be in this part of Virginia, but I have seen one on the pond behind our house every summer since we have been here starting in 2005. The one I saw today looked larger than the one I have seen on a log in the pond, so I am hoping that there are a male and a female. Perhaps there will be little ones in 60 to 90 days. The grass in that area will be very high by the time they hatch! When I finished mowing and went inside to get my camera, the turtle had finished and was on her way back to the pond.