SIGNS OF SPRING? Let's see, where have I been? I did have trouble uploading my last entry and lost it in the process. Now I will try to bring you up to date. This creature was a distraction on one of my last snowy walks. I reached in my pocket for a moonsnail and gave it an eye to greet others. Snow has a wonderful way of drawing attention to shapes in the great outdoors. But now, we are losing a lot of that white stuff. The temperature has been in the forties during the day, but drops below freezing overnight. Consequently, there are a lot of ice patches to avoid.

Over the weekend, I made my way out to check on the dolphin. I found it uncovered with a cavity in its underside where something must have chewed or dined. I covered up the creature again in hopes I may eventually be able to extract some of its precious bones. I keep looking for spring on these outings and have come up with some sightings. In the marsh adjacent to the campground mudflats, ducks are congregating. Not only Mallards could be seen, but also a pair of Wood Ducks. I also saw my first Great Blue Heron in a long time, and happened to spot a Red-Winged Blackbird flying over my car! Canada Geese have moved from the river up on to grassy areas in search of food. Here are a few that decorate my view of the Kennebec ! As you can see, there are still snow patches for them to deal with.

The surf has been diminished and that usually means the tides deposit interesting flotsam and jetsam before lowering. I've had fun picking up oddments and arranging them to make a puzzle for you. There is a little bit of everything, and I wonder if you can identify sea glass, a broken urchin test, a piece of brick, dog winkles, periwinkles, a limpet, a crab claw, fibrous Corallina seaweed, various white stones and a strand of edible Kelp. Extra low tides have drawn clammers down to ocean beaches to rake for Surf Clams.

We had an interesting outing on Wednesday with pictures that will have to wait for my next link. In the mood of spring, Chris has tapped Maples on the north end of the island. We were impressed with how full the collecting jugs were. It looked as if he was getting ready to boil the sap for Maine made syrup! I hope to catch that activity. We trekked up into the woods and found the orange trail, climbing over several fallen trees. From there, we headed north along the cliffs where the porcupine hang out. There were several young birches that were completely de-barked from their chewing. I kept wondering how they climbed those slim branches without falling. We climbed down and explored these rodents' dens. It is like an apartment complex for porcupines with multiple cavities in and around the boulders. Some had a pile of scat at the entrance which is their habit. Next time we should bring a flashlight to see inside these dens, or catch eyes watching our maneuvers! Stay tuned, I'll have pictures soon! 3/19/09 Ronnie on the move.