Today marks the occasion of the first turtle spotted in my yard this year.
Let’s see…last year, the first sighting was also in April, so it is turtle time! Today’s sighting was a déjà vu all over again moment, as the turtle was at my back gate, trying to dig its way under. Rather than build a wall, I let it in.
I think this is the same turtle I posted about late last fall, judging from the battered shell and the spot of red on its neck.
And the timidity. Whenever I moved the camera, the head ducked back inside the shell. Here is a shot of the late-season visitor from last year:
What do you think? Same turtle? I think it is–look at the white markings on the shell, and the pointy edge of the shell by its tail. Which means that somehow, it got out of my backyard, in spite of the chainlink fence…and found its way back to my gate this spring. Interesting!
Turtles seem to have really good memories, and don’t need global positioning systems or cell phones to find the places where they want to go.
Time for me to keep my eyes peeled for more turtles, and start stocking up on fresh strawberries!