Following up on Cove Flora, there is of course cove fauna.
It doesn’t sit around waiting for its picture to be taken, though.
Two years ago I got some pictures of Bald Eagle fledglings. They were on a nest on the north side of the cove. Last year, however, the adults seemed to have been unsuccessful in breeding.
This year there were lots of eaglet noises coming from the nest, but they didn’t seem to big enough to show yet. I’m pretty sure this must have been a late breeding; its been cool up there this year and everything is lagging behind its usual schedule.
However, there were juvenile bald eagles around in addition to the adults.
It takes a juvenile bald eagle 4-5 years to get its “bald” plumage. These were hanging around the nest a lot, so my guess is that they may have been previous years’ fledglings of the same adults.
This shot gives a pretty good look at the juvenile plumage.
What would a cove be without turtles?
They love to sit on floating logs in the sunshine. Here’s a painted turtle, Chrysemys picta.
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The way to sneak up on them is to sit motionless in a canoe and let the wind blow you right past them. I was able to get within about 15 feet of this one before it got nervous.
Of course, once it did get nervous, it plopped right into the water.
Finally, this wasn’t right at the cove, but when I had my camera this little guy posed right in front of me.
That’s an American Red Squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. A major distinguishing feature is that white ring around the eye.