Monday, May 31, 2010

Western Pond Turtle

Yesterday I spotted this turtle on a log in Elk Creek. Jeanette, Buster and I were on one of our favorite local walks we take out Schad Road, which runs for a ways next to Elk Creek. We always have some kind of wild life spotting. We have seen songbirds, woodpeckers, a variety of waterfowl and even Elk. And we also always see some roadside wild flowers. This turtle turned out to be a Western Pond Turtle. Rather easy to identify, as there are only two species of turtles to be seen in the Northwest, the other being the more colorful Painted Turtle.

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