February 1st, 2014
|this burl looks pixelized on my computer|
something about this reminds me
First the bad news - Actual headline -
"Ice fishermen can no longer get beer via drones". http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/ice-fishermen-beer-drones/
What's the point of ice fishing or drones if not to bring beer to thirsty Minnesotans?
I hope this doesn't mean no drones dropping refreshments to bird watchers.
Word of caution - Blogspot is acting a little screwier than usual uploading photos. Some photos appear "over pixelated" on my computer. This is the blog doing that, we are at the mercy of the blog....anyway, if some shots don't look right it's because it doesn't look right. anyway, we're going to roll thru with it. Hope at least some of these shots look alright.
If shots look over pixelated please be kind and imagine what it would look like better. Or something like that.
|when seal bay freezes over|
Seal Island Seal Cam is up! – hey – here’s something to look at on your computer that won’t make you go blind and is not reading the VSR! - The grey seal pupping camera is back on on (on) Seal Island and is aimed to satisfy all your grey seal watching fantasies (as long as your fantasies have them lying around popping out youngsters and nursing for the most part). http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/seal-pups-cam - It turns “on” at 10am for “live action”, but even if its dark out you can go to the website and watch a highlight reel – with births and battles and eagles caught on film! Anyway, check it out!
|some, if not all of these ducks are inbred.|
|let sleepin' green winged teals lie|
|scopin' out the starlings!|
we'll let you guess who took the shot!
|nappin' with the big boys|
|wolf's milk and snow|
|windsor orange number 34|
For a few minutes we watched, then the gulls started to stream west. Toward Rockland or someplace else. It appeared that the western most birds started to go then the others. Against the clouds you could see individuals in the "kettle" start to soar west.
It got dark and we were moving away. I thought it was cool. Maybe I was just bored. Lots of Razorbills this week too.
1/19 Lots of Black Guillemots (100 more or less) and Razorbills feeding just west of "FT"
Great Cormorants around too.
Great Horned Owl - Vinal Cove - Erin Creelman reports seeing a Great Horned fly over the cove.
|yes, we are still finding this |
Carver’s Pond - Johnny McCarthy (member of the Johnny & Ali McCarthy team) pulled over the other day to tell me about a family otter sighting. Yes, it was both a family of otters (must have been 3 or 4 – “pond otters”) and several members of his family were lucky enough to see it – Johnny was not one of the lucky ones. “Bella spotted them” Johnny confided and its no surprise that she did - Bella being the resident 3rd grader with eagle eyes for wildlife. It should be noted that Johnny mentioned all this while parked head on into traffic on a blind curve with like a 45% slope (editor’s honesty - we have no idea what percent slope it was). Well, we all survived and Bella’s sighting goes along with some of what we’ve (the royal “we’ve” ) been finding at old harbor pond.
|this is a confusing one. the otters|
are going away, 3 otters in 4 lines
they stop almost at the top and
then retreat to the right
there is some back and forth
towards the bottom
|back and forth|
running together, breaking the ice
all three end up in the drink
three for one
|coming and going, |
rather - going and coming
the bottom 4 sets are the otters "going pond"
|access to/fro old harbor pond|
muddy prints on the left are from otters coming out
two belly slides on the right are otters going head first
|fresh otter tracks in my tracks, |
made just the day before in falling snow
|was it something i ate?|
this gooey number turned the snow around it red
|same crusty (acean) spraint - 7 days later|
|in the ice, many days later|
|spraints and a hole. icy den at this point|
|this raccoon walked across (what seemed to be) the only patch of snow on the ice.|
seemed to go out of his way
i wonder if it was smelling
maybe the snow holds something
|first slide found, big one|
|the solo ice trail|
belly slide at the top
|frozen four. criss cross. criss cross|
|new spraint at a new latrine. |
the otters have taken over
Hope February treats everyone well, and we’ll see you out there