East Coast updates
Trustom Pond NWR (RI): This was an awesome place. Jon Hall’s report on the abundant and diverse small mammals there still holds very true; I visited about a month ago (sorry for the late report). Around the feeders at the visitor center, Red and Eastern Gray Squirrels and Eastern Chipmunks were abundant; there was also an Eastern Cottontail in the evening. I then spent a few hours working the Osprey Point and Red Maple Swamp Trails; I saw 1 Southern Red-backed Vole (on the Red Maple Swamp Trail), 5-6 Southern Bog Lemmings (mostly at the end of the Osprey Point trail; tough to get good views of), a great look at a Woodland Vole (in the forest on the Osprey Point trail), a Meadow Jumping Mouse (near the start of the Osprey Point trail), and 2 New England Cottontails (near the end of the Osprey Point trail; ID’d by black forehead spot and small blackish ears). I also heard what I guess were Meadow Voles scurrying around in the grass on the Farm Field loop (didn’t see them though) and saw 2 White-tailed Deer here as well. No shrews for me.
Albany area (NY): I spent a little while near the Albany Pine Bush Preserve after meeting up with a relative in Albany. The highlight was the abundance of Woodchucks in the area–I got some very good views of these guys, which I’ve only seen a few times before. The lowlight was a brief look at a dark, medium-size animal running into some brush that may well have been a Fisher. Also saw some White-tailed Deer and Eastern Gray Squirrels nearby too and roadkill Eastern Coyote.