Kip’s Comments 6-7-19

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River - Image 572083 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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: 

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River - Image 572083 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River – Image 572083 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River - Image 572022 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River – Image 572022 (© Kip Ladage)

   

This evening I saw a fine looking spotted sandpiper on a log on the Wapsipinicon River.   

Spotted Sandpiper on Log: 

Spotted Sandpiper on Log - Image 572101 (© Kip Ladage)

Spotted Sandpiper on Log – Image 572101 (© Kip Ladage)

   

While I was on the river I visited my owl friends.   

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River:

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 572253 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River – Image 572253 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 572183 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River – Image 572183 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 572169 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River – Image 572169 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 572168 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River – Image 572168 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 572139 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River – Image 572139 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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