Nature’s fall offerings

Posted Oct. 04, 2011, at 9:47 a.m.

While hiking at Newman Hill Hinds on the Orono Land Trust just off Forest Avenue, Old Town photographer Dave Small came across this small snapping turtle, no larger than a slice of toast. He said it looked dead at first because it was just laying in the middle of Taylor Road covered with dust. “It must have traveled just that far before stopping to enjoy the sun, because, as I approached, it sprang to life and raced towards the bank and into the marsh, “ Small reported.

Just a little further down the trail, Small said, “I saw this caterpillar. After a long identification search, I believe it’s an American dagger moth caterpillar. What fun!”

The juvenile pileatedwood pecker was spotted Sunday morning near Holly Family Church in Old Town. “It was working hard and had quite a pile of wood chips

beneath the tree.”

“Only after uploading [the picture of the] Bangor City Forest chipmunk on to my computer did I realize, or notice that its’ mouth was full of neatly folded leaves, perhaps a lining for its’ den.”

The wild cucumber vines (don’t eat) were obvious in an area near the pond and looked almost like decorations hanging from the pine trees, Small said.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/04/outdoors/nature%e2%80%99s-fall-offerings/ printed on July 25, 2014