Happy Birthday Dad. Still miss you!
|Addy and her snow flea|
photo by Susan Raven
Highlights – otter stuff, finchy days, dead thick-billed murre, kid stuff
Tiit trick – click the photos to enlarge!
Upcoming events – Great Maine Outdoor Weekend – Owls/otters Slide show - Friday Feb 12th. 7pm at Washington School/Town hall. Tracking outing – Saturday Feb 13th. 9:30am Skoog Park to carpool. Good clean fun.
photo by Susan Raven
|never did find that kid|
photo b y Susan Raven
Worth going over at dusk to see about hunting or after a fresh snow to look for fresh imprints! Long-eareds, Short-eareds, Great Horned and Snowy are all owl possibilities out there!
Finch days – I’ve had a couple of nice days on the platform/Mack’s pond trails in the basin lately, one day checking the trails (1/27) and then returning to clear the trail (2/2). Both days were highlighted by “winter” finch activity high up and above the spruce.
The white-winged crossbill chatter appeared to attract other finches in the area (or it was just perfect timing) and within moments a group of about 15 pine siskins graced the scene with lots of loud chips (crunchy even) and buzzes. Several groups of Siskins were seen along the rest of the walk. Also mixed in were a few American Goldfinch, but for some reason we are not talking about them much.
Mainland – the marsh - Leif and I made just about as most out of the Marsh ice as we could before it melted to unsafe thickness and stamina-ess (and an adventure after that point too!). The non-otterish photos are down below….
We found no otter sign on the “rocks in the middle of the marsh” where I had seen “spraint thru the scope”, but Leif found a swiss army knife and we read a book so things were cool.
|otter and leif tracks|
|the tracks led to this hole.|
“otters have been known to breach beaver dams beneath the ice, creating air spaces under the ice and concentrating fish as the water flows out of the impoundment”.
All in all our adventure turned up two new latrines, a den, and a possible den/breached beaver dam. Another step in learning about our neighbors.