Saturday, September 25, 2004

Roosevelt Island

We stopped to watch a great blue heron from the boardwalk at Roosevelt Island and were amazed to watch it catch a snake that must have been about a foot long. The heron had quite a struggle to swallow its catch, which never stopped wriggling. Posted by Hello

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Today we spotted a 5- or 6-foot-long black rat snake just a few minutes after setting out for a walk on Roosevelt Island. We spent almost an hour following it around through the woods, mesmerized. It was very docile and let us get very close, but when Matt tried to touch it, it seemed to sense him and slip away just before he actually made contact. It crawled through the ivy, through old logs, and finally up into some shrubs -- on branches so thin you'd never think they could hold such a big creature. Posted by Hello