Northern Map Turtles

We went for a paddle on the Sydenham River over the weekend and spotted lots of turtles: big, medium and itty bitty.
What we noticed though was that they were not the usual garden variety of turtle we are used to seeing (read: Painted Turtles). So when we got home it was time for some research.  Turns out these were Northern Map Turtles. So named because of the topographic elements on the shell.
Pretty neat!

We also saw Northern Rough-winged Swallows perched on the overhanging trees, begging for food whenever their parents flew by.

Baltimore Orioles, Cedar Waxings, House Wrens, Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and American Robins made up the rest of the birds seen along the river.
 
All in all a wonderful way to spend a summer day in Chatham-Kent.

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