Non-birds at Chincoteague
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is known for its ponies and its migratory birds but having such outstanding habitat on the island, you would expect to find some other hidden treasures!! The first hidden treasure can be easily locate on Chincoteague and called the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel. This squirrel has been recognized as a subspecies of the fox squirrel and is listed on the endangered species list. I found it interesting that the Delmarva name come from where these squirrels had first originated: Delaware, Maryland and Virginia! I think they are adorable little squirrels to me!
Another great find at Chincoteague are the Sika (Oriental Elk) that were first released on the island around the 1920s. While out hiking at Chincoteague on Friday, I photographed some deer running across the wetlands and just assumed they were White-tailed Deer. But after hearing a presentation from a staff member from Chincoteague. . . . I was thinking back at how those deer were behaving differently and then I knew that I needed to look over those pictures again. Yep, I had photographed some of these Sika Elk and then needed to pull those pictures out of my recycle bin. The Gold-Star should go to Marg who captured an amazing photo of a male Sika while at the conference! Bravo photo Marg!
Another highlight walking around the “Wildlife Loop” Friday morning . . . was when I located my first butterfly for 2009! While talking on the phone with Patty . . . . I was able to capture this one picture of an American Lady (CHECK) before it then disappeared into the marsh somewhere!
Frogs would plop into the waters edge before I had an opportunity to identify them to species. Saturday morning, Marg and I did find a few frogs in the road while heading out to the bird walk but they disappeared before we could return for a closer look. Other herps found where what I believe was Painted Turtles sticking their heads out of the water. But they do look a little different from the ones I regularly find in Allegany. O . . . . how I love Chincoteague!
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