A Turtle Question and A Little More
Today I spent hours on the Cedar River in a boat. As I motored up and down the river, I noticed that there were many areas where multiple softshell turtles were out of the water sunning themselves. I never saw just one softshell turtle. There were always at least two and sometimes more. My question is how do the turtles communicate with each other where they are going to climb out of the water? Is it low frequency noises, or scent, or how do they do it? I cannot believe it was just random that I saw so many groups of turtles. They must be communicating, but how?
Softshell Turtles on Cedar River:
This evening I saw a fine looking spotted sandpiper on a log on the Wapsipinicon River.
Spotted Sandpiper on Log:
While I was on the river I visited my owl friends.
Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River: