|do you recognize this guy?|
Tiit trick: “bittersweet like”, my dad was the one who told me that if you click on the photos in the VSR they will appear jumbo sized on your computer. And he’s like a “tech god” in my mind for that. Anyway, feel free to click away!
|snowshoeing is not only the right speed,|
but its a workout and an exploration all
wrapped into one
|I think this guy watches the line sometimes at the rockland|
ferry terminal. I think this is the friendliest I have ever
|some of the purple sandpipers|
|black guillemot starting |
to change to black
|snowfleas in foot print|
|otter spraint from the basin|
(2/23) Lane’s – northern flicker, spider.
|the view for most of the ride was this|
|overview and up the hill in the bottom left|
|I like this trail|
And their trails are becoming legendary. With the last snow I got to follow porcupines on Clark Island in St George and at Witherle Woods in Castine. Here’s a quick run down
|trails in and out of the porcupine den in the rocks|
|bark fragments tell of recent evening chewing|
The trails led from the den in the rocks …
To a tree that had been feasted upon. Here’s a little Elboch and Rinehart, “Behavior of north American mammals”
“In winter…dens are in rocky crevices where available”
“The area around a den will have several feeding runs radiating outward. In the winter the snow might be packed down, stained with urine, and littered with feces and quills”
Later I came across another set of porcupine trails…these being long braids going up and down the main road on Clark Island. They (it) made a ”V” formation by connecting the braided trails. They just looked so cool, how could you not fall for the little porkers.
And of course these trails lead me to another porcupine den in the ground - #4 porker den of the winter for me. Felt good.
|den and trail leading up and out|
(2/15) Witherle Woods/Castine – tracking Porcupines once again, this time in Castine, led to some pretty chewed up trees of all ages.
And two “new” porcupine dens (#5 & #6) along the way, one with a porcupine present.
|the trail to den #6|
|there is a porcupine in there somewhere|
|I think the fisher paused here for a second|
And how cool was it to follow a fisher trail long distance -.5 mile maybe -? Very cool.
The trail went up and down cliff faces, over piles of logs and up leaning dead trees.
|acrobatic bounds track like this up a leaner|
|super cute fisher print|
|these fisher bounds were cool|
|nice leap from left to right|
|view from the rootstock|
|no hesitation as the fisher continued on|
|fur and hoof|
|slight slide from fisher scat marking|
|fisher on left, raccoon on right|
|trail from the left is old|
trail out of the den to the right is fresher
|fisher ice track|
|turtle on ice|