Thursday, July 16, 2020

Animals in the Area

I enjoy finding and spying on the wildlife that I encounter during daily life. Sometimes I get to rescue the animals that get caught in the waters of my pool. 

American Ermine Moth Swimming
Elkridge, MD
July 14, 2020
The other day, Chris rescued this moth, which we believe is an American ermine moth from the pool. The moth was exhausted from swimming and she placed it in the grasses which border the pool. It was very unique and different. We do not often see such moths. It regained its white background color once it dried from being in the pool.

Turtles on a Rock
Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, MD
July 14, 2020
I also spied some small turtles basking on a rock during our walk around Lake Kittamaqundi. They were enjoying the sun and staying away from the boats collecting the aquatic plants.

These turtles were very small and looked like red-eared slider turtle escapees from pet stores. I thought I saw the characteristic red mark on the turtle's neck. Alternatively, there could be Eastern mud turtles, I did not get close enough to be able to make a definitive determination.

It is supposed to be another great summer day. Hopefully we will complete the deck staining project today. I do not suppose that I will have time to discover any other animals lurking around aside from the explosion of rabbits that we are experiencing. I guess the fox has found another place to reside. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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