Red Foxes: Animal Spottings in Dayton, MD

No pictures of living animals, though I did see living animals today.

I saw plenty of deer, even a couple fawns. No bucks though. This was all around Dayton, even in Glenelg and Clarksville.

I saw a pretty big water turtle that didn’t budge an inch at any sound and only raised it’s head when a bunch of Karp got really close to it. So, like I said, I saw Karp, and a lot of them. Today, especially when I was there, was a great time for seeing Karp. I saw baby turtles too. Oh, and I saw a Kingfisher. It was a good view too. They’re like Blue Jays, but much cooler. This was at Big Branch Recreation Area.

I saw two, maybe three, Herons. I saw a couple Woodpeckers yesterday, a flash of one today, but I did hear one working hard at a tree but it was just out of sight. While hiking along the muddy shore, I saw this carcass of a Crawdad, something I had been really looking for today though we didn’t see much but minnows. I found the shell of one though. I didn’t have my camera with me when I saw it so I had to pry it out of the mud and it got a bit messed up when I did and when I set it down to take a picture the wind blew it away and it got more messed up in the recovery of it, thus why it’s not a great picture. Sorry, bad luck when it came to that. I keeping saying that I saw these things, but really I was with my dad. We saw them. But it was a good wildlife day today. This was at Pig Tail Recreation Area.

Red Foxes: Spottings in Dayton, MD

No pictures, sorry. But, we spotted, at least five Herons altogether, three Kingfishers, very colorful birds, Karp, tons of baby turtles or all sizes, and a good ten deer any maybe more though I couldn’t tell if we had seen any bucks because some were pretty far away. I found a nice skull too that I’ll post a picture of tomorrow or the next day when I identify what it came from. My dad and I think it could be a opossum, but I’ll look it up. Happy spotting everyone and hope everyone had a nice weekend, first since Midsummer.

Favorite Local Places: Patuxent Reservoir Big Branch Recreation Area, Dayton, MD

The Patuxent Reservoir Big Branch Recreation Area in Dayton, MD has been one of my favorite spots since I was a little kid. It’s not far from my Grandfather’s house so I went there a lot growing up and I’ve always liked it. You can hike, kayak, canoe, fish, take pictures, or just look around. There’s even a playground. It’s great for spotting wildlife and if you hike back to the big bend where the Patuxent opens up more, you’ll spot eagles ospreys, and even a family of otters (which is rare in Maryland, at least in these parts as far as I’m aware of). Herons, hawks, turtles, karp, King Fishers, snakes, and deer boast frequent spottings though you’ll probably have to hike to see the deer. I’ve seen the osprey and the more frequent spotted animals though I’ve only seen a dead snake there. I can’t wait to hike back far enough to see the otters. Beavers can be seen too, though I’m not much a fan of them. Of course, The Reservoir offers good bird watching and even watching the dragonflys’ is cool too. Check the place out. It’s on Triadelphia Rd in Dayton, MD.

Red Foxes: King Fishers, a Hawk, a Heron, Turtles, and a Karp spotted in Dayton, MD

This, Patuxent Reservoir Big Branch Recreation Area in Dayton, MD, is one of my favorite places too and I love nature watching here. It was just yesterday (Father’s Day) that I was here with my dad and we spotted three King Fishers, a Hawk, a Heron, penty of Turtles and Karp all in the areas where these two photos were taken. The top picture actually was taken of the three King Fishers but my camera phone is too crappy to pick them up. Two were sitting on the branch of the tree that hangs over to and above the water, the third sitting on the sandy bank near it. They were too far away for my camera to pick up.

Herons frequent this part of the Patuxent (right where the photos are taken) as well as the King Fishers. The King Fishers are camera shy but out of the three or four herons that frequent it, all but one are VERY shy in general.

The turtles are unlike the ones I came across at Centennial Lake and will run at the sound of someone in 30 or 40 feet away. I saw at least two species of turtle, one I know was a snapping turtle, the others were smaller and too far away for me to tell.

Karp are still spawning so this is a good time to watch for them near the banks/shores. Earlier this year I saw many more though spawning season then was in higher gear.