The Brown-lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) is named after the brown band of colouring found around the opening of the shell. It is one of the most common species of land snail in Europe, and has been introduced to North America. This snail is comparatively slow-growing, usually taking three years to develop from an egg to a breeding adult. The life-span for this species is up to seven or eight years. In winter, the snails may hibernate, but can become active again during warm spells. (iNaturalist.ca)
We saw several this morning.
Other life and some birds:
Here are the group photos from last Friday, Sept. 16 at Humber Bay. They have now been added to that post.
How can these birds do it? Fly all the way across the Pacific without feeding or taking a break. The fact that they can shrink their organs and increase their pectoral muscles before they go is amazing!
The Godwit’s Long, Long Nonstop Journey
To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,
The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,
As if he grew there, house and all
Within that house secure he hides,
When danger imminent betides
Of storm, or other harm besides
Of weather. – William Cowper (1731 – 1800)