|bagged dog poop by the haven|
photo by Jim Conlan
|you can really see the boundary of the otter latrine.|
the area cleared of leaves is totally done by otters. totally
(11/9) Walk around Basin Falls. On this day I completely circumvented the basin on my bike, or as completely "circumpedaled" as I could and still have stayed on ‘improved’ roads. The first leg of my adventure took me to wharf Quarry road and the ride was most pleasurable.
Anyway, from this rock wall it’s pretty much a straight shot down to the basin shoreline, just cutting across and down a hay-scented fern field. At the shoreline is where I figured my adventure would begin.
As things would be, my adventure started about half way down the fern field when I noticed a worn trail that cut across downed ferns, but went under ferns that were still standing, less than a foot off the ground. Too wide to be a mink (svelte), the trail looked to have been made by a raccoon or an otter. So I followed it to a beautiful latrine by the shore (very dreamy) and then took about 5 more steps and found the entrance to den #19. It was destiny. And way too easy.
I followed the path back up the hill thinking it might be a trail across property – kind of a short cut to avoid having to go by the basin falls. Up, up and up the tracking took me until I was face to face with acres and acres of huckleberry. If the otter went thru that stuff I was not about to follow. Too much work! Not enough time!
|this is an otter trail going up a small incline|
|another orange jelly shot!|
|can you see the water from here?|
otter latrine with spraints, moss scratches
and mounds. with a view!
Basin - (11/14) - More White-winged Crossbills on the ride in, access via Folly Pond Road. 7 Bald Eagles at Folly Pond, 5 different ages were represented. that is always cool to see.
|folly pond looked like this on the 14th|
|flicker tail feather|
|that white dot in the intersection between me and the|
yellow arrow is a black capped chickadee. seemed weird
and of course there is Leif...
...love that kid
have yourself a wonderful thanksgiving everybody. I for one am looking forward to reflecting on the good things. gagillions of beautiful things happen everyday, enjoy some. see you out there!!!!!!!