|birch polypore. the bottom of this one makes leif laugh.|
|some sort of Xylaria, "carbon fingers" group.|
always great to see an Ascomycetes,
these are hard at work
|may have interrupted a Saw-whet|
even before he/she got to tear
into this frozen morsel.
|this is where a fox slipped on the ice on the|
marsh in St. George.
|phat Great Horned Owl pellet|
|phat pellet and fresh scat|
|3 otters and one human|
photo by John Drury
there and everywhere. As some of you may know, River otters are the current “personal favorite animal” (“PFA”) of mine and have been for some time now. I think we are going on 7 or 8 years, which is the longest continual “PFA” for me, the previous record being 4 years for Bobcats. (None of this is important in any way).
photo by John Drury
|a little older, a little crustier.|
|in years past this rock was "covered" with spraint.|
|fresh on like the one|
|raccoon latrine - carver's pond|
|the returning three snuck under |
|when the 4 left, they went this way|
|and further down the deer trail|
Both groups went through the wetland on the north side of the road, rather than the woods just up from the wetlands as they had done “traditionally”. The group of three even opted to use the deer trail that I follow to the latrine rather than hop into the water through ice, which they have done every time I have tracked there. Maybe 10 trails.
|from the latrine, directly to the den|
the four left, but first stopped to relieve
|I love to find trails like this|
What does this all mean? Jack-spraint for sure. Pure speculation and questioning - makes us wonder though about what otters are making up this group. Any of the original 4? Is there a surplus of food and no territories? Once otters go out on their own do they ever go back? What happened to the 4th otter? Whatever.
|what an otter trail. latrine by the shore|
The Clark Island otter was not captured this go round, but recent (like really recent) anal slime and scat activity were noted on the visit.And a nice thing about being an otter person is that people tell you when they see otters (not sea otters, but those are cool too). And a nice thing about getting great reports from all over (well, not all over, but all over enough) is that we get the understanding that otters are everywhere and hopefully how they are taking over. We welcome any and all otter stories! Send them in! Here are a couple of good recent ones….
|"have you ever sniffed anal slime? - personal quesion|
a bit fishy this one was
|bunker hill otter|
photo by Don Reimer
what's that again? seal with a chunk missing. Photo by John Drury from Seal Island. not sure of the date.
|bill waving is funner on video. the hairy on the right|
kept its head bobbin' left and right.
|still pose is not that exciting. they will sit still for an|
extended period of time.
|a little "V" wing aggressive encounter|
Anyway, this went on for 15 minutes or more. They froze postured when cars went by or when I walked far. When the coast was clear or I stopped moving they returned to tail spreading, wing-raising and bill waving. Very active, easy to see.
some silhouettes from a distance...zoom in on these!
|it's always butts up first,|
flapping second when it comes to
|and more cousins! mia and ryley|
|at ease! we'll see you out there!|
|Asa questioning stropharia|
photo by UBAJ
and our good friend Asa Casey Jones checking out a some Questionable Stropharia bloom. Thinking the woods in California may or may not be mushroom heaven right now.