Our neighbor has several Diamondback Terrapin nests in her yard so it has been fun watching and waiting for them to hatch. Yesterday one of the terrapin nests was quite active with 11 little hatchlings emerging. They were just precious! (Click on blog link for other photos.)
You can see where the little turtles as they scurry about where their nest was. Our local “turtle expert,” Bill Allan had put a cage over it while they incubated so that any predator could not get to them.
He put the terrapins in a little plastic box and gave them some water as we went over to release them by the salt marsh. I didn’t know that these terrapin will spend 4 years outside of the water, just in the woods or undergrowth, as they grow. How fascinating!
They are just adorable, don’t you think?
We watched this Box Turtle walk around our yard for quite a while until she found the perfect spot to lay her eggs. Then we watched her dig her hole which took hours. It was dark by the time she laid her eggs. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
We put a cage on it as soon as we could as we don’t want any animals digging up her eggs. And I put 60 days on my calendar, so the little ones should start hatching at the end of August.
Nature is so amazing and sometimes I’m just in awe watching everything that happens in our own yard.
During the season Chatham Pier Fish Market has “the best view in town.” While you eat, you can watch the fisherman unload the day’s catch at on-site picnic tables with waterfront views. It doesn’t get much better!
Have you ever been to Chatham’s Fish Pier? The market is closed for the season, but the boats still come in and the seals still wait for their handouts.
I’ve never seen a seal at Boat Meadow Beach, so I was very surprised when I looked out at high tide on Wednesday morning and saw three seals swimming about. They stayed for quite a while. I wonder if the high, high tide had brought them in closer to shore. I hope they left before low tide came…
And then yesterday morning, they were back again at high tide, swimming around by Boat Meadow.
Have you ever seen a seal at Boat Meadow Beach?
There were a few seals swimming about in the harbor by the Chatham Fish Pier hoping one of the fishermen would throw them some fish. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
This guy was patiently waiting as you can see the load of fish they brought in. There must be at least one for this hungry guy!