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Topic: Tracking
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 3, 2013 09:26PM)
I've been on the trail of a porcupine, I believe, recently:

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Any other trackers, here? If you will, please show us what you've found.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 4, 2013 08:15AM)
Awesome pics, Laurie. I love porkies. 'Course I don't have dogs at the moment...
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 4, 2013 10:38AM)
Cool pics. Those porcupines really do a number on those trees!

Yes, I like to look at animal tracks, I'm glad we finally got some snow on the ground around here. It's cool to walk around and see the tracks of animals that you know are there all the time but hardly ever see. Helps you figure out their habits as well so that you can have a better chance of seeming them later on.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 4, 2013 05:58PM)
Some great finds today- lots of trails and was able to get close to some of the trees used by the porcupine(s):

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niptwig

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teethmarks!

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 6, 2013 11:32AM)
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over...

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under...

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? :)

Here's a little something different:

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Message: Posted by: motown (Jan 6, 2013 04:57PM)
I heard they're good eats! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 6, 2013 05:33PM)
The trees? Yes, they certainly seem to be! :bg:
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 6, 2013 09:52PM)
Around here, the first suspect would be the pileated woodpecker. Who do you figure is doing the excavating, Laurie?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 6, 2013 10:41PM)
There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

I have been looking at sticks all week as am I making a crook.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 11:27AM)
I would expect a pileated woodpecker, too, John. The tree's been in this condition quite awhile, though- I'm not sure it's still an active excavation site :) - haven't yet caught anyone working there- I'll keep an eye out, though. Found something near the porcupine trees the other day that had me wondering if the woodpecker and porcupine use the same trees (I don't see why not but can't remember what I read on the matter ;) )- there's the smaller woodpecker around, too, (downy? not sure) and I see those fairly regularly and hear them knocking, too.

Sorry for the lack of clarity in the following pic- I caught this bird at the bird feeders recently- I thought it was a woodpecker- can anyone confirm?

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/PB240403.jpg[/img]

Nearby tree:

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 12:08PM)
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Nuthatch? ( [url]http://www.theweathernetwork.com/your_weather/details/1920/9338602/30/upload/1/20461[/url] )

I thought s/he seemed bigger, though.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Jan 7, 2013 12:13PM)
Looks a little like a belted kingfisher to me.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 12:25PM)
Hey! : http://www.northrup.org/photos/white-breasted-nuthatch/

What you think?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 7, 2013 12:28PM)
Grey squirrels perhaps.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Jan 7, 2013 12:31PM)
Very likely a nuthatch.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 12:32PM)
From the link above: "The White-breasted Nuthatch be found throughout most of the United States and southern Canada for most of the year. This is a darling smallish bird with great balance and hanging skills. It can often be found walking upside down on branches or tree trunks, [i] [b]often causing me to momentarily mistake it for a woodpecker[/b][/i]."
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 7, 2013 01:11PM)
Definately a nuthatch, I see them all the time. The belted kingfisher is 4-5X times that size, and is long gone for the winter by now that far north.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 7, 2013 02:20PM)
White breasted nuthatch for sure. The red-breasted are darker and much smaller. Do you have any other nuthatches in your neck of the woods, Laurie?
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 7, 2013 02:58PM)
Love the pictures. I wish I had taken photos back when I had a raccoon friend living on my back porch. He was very friendly as was better than a watch dog at keeping strangers at bay.

Happy New Year!

Bob
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 04:01PM)
Thankyou, all! Not sure about other nuthatches here, John, but likely.
Happy New Year to you, too, Bob! My mother used to feed stray and feral cats out here and as I've mentioned on the " :) " thread, I think, it followed naturally the raccoons were dining with the cats. Many great opportunities but never got any photos of the coons- this was before the advent of the very convenient digital camera.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 7, 2013 04:26PM)
According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, there are only 3 species of nuthatch in Canada. The Pygmy Nuthatch is found only in southern BC.

So that leaves you with only red- and white-breasted nuthatches to sort out, Laurie. :) (But you have my 100% assurance that the ones in the pic are white-breasted)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 7, 2013 05:41PM)
Thankyou very much, John. I'll keep an eye out for these, too, then :

[url=http://www.google.ca/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=775&q=red-breasted+nuthatch&oq=red-breas&gs_l=img.1.0.0l8j0i33l2.929.4643.0.6564.9.9.0.0.0.0.95.784.9.9.0...0.0...1ac.1.qFgZNgeYJSk]red-breasted nuthatch![/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 8, 2013 03:13PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 10, 2013 04:25PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 11, 2013 04:59PM)
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Check this out:

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 14, 2013 06:02PM)
More pics of the active porcupine den posted previously. I went back today to confirm that there was scat inside.

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Note the well travelled, dirty trail leading out of the den.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 14, 2013 06:05PM)
At the bird feeders today: birds, a couple of squirrels, and a little mouse- I think it was a mouse. Maybe you can see- peeking out in the lower right of the photo at the intersection of beams...

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and peeking left of center in this pic:

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 14, 2013 06:15PM)
A couple of red squirrels out today. One of them would run off and then sneak up behind me and climb a little ways up the tree beside me, then peek around at me- I didn't point my camera on those occasions. I think we're on pretty good terms. :)

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 15, 2013 02:40PM)
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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 15, 2013 02:47PM)
Cool pics. Have you gotten a look at that porcupine yet or do they stay pretty well out of sight?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 15, 2013 03:00PM)
Thankyou, Marlin. I think this time of year they're harder to get a glimpse of so right now I'm happy finding signs- still hoping to get some nice tracks- maybe in mud in the Spring, still looking for some quills, and I'll be watching for more niptwigs and also for baby porcupines when it warms up, too. Then likely gotta look up- waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up- and see if I can find a big one sleeping in a tree, maybe. :)
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 15, 2013 03:11PM)
It would be cool to come across one. We supposedly have quite a few but in all my years walking around in the woods I've never seen a live one in the wild. Good luck and keep the pics coming.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 20, 2013 04:46PM)
Here's some help with those mice photos back there:


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Saw some deer tracks today. I know partial dog tracks can sometimes be mistaken for deer prints but I'm confident these are legit. First spotted them near the birdfeeders and again a little farther back up the trail in a couple of spots. Some cedar around each time. There are dogs out there and I've got a few pics for comparison.

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This dog seemed to leave complete prints very consistently.
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The points of the back of the leg were visible in most tracks- yay!

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 21, 2013 12:21PM)
The birdies and I shot a very nice video yesterday. Just waiting for it to upload on youtube. Wait til you see what they did. They're awesome.

The original is clearer, I think, but this is still pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

http://youtu.be/xoujOuYm2bE
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 21, 2013 01:38PM)
In the thick of a long, cold winter (as ours certainly has been this year), chickadees are a constant source of delight. Thanks for the pics and videos.

I still haven't been able to get out for pictures, but I do intend to. It's still the time of year where I go to work in the dawn and return in the dusk, so my picture-taking hours are greatly reduced. But if you'll settle for pictures of tracks, I've got plenty of those just out my door.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 21, 2013 03:51PM)
You're welcome, John. Tracks are great. If you've got them, I'd like to see them, sure. :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 21, 2013 04:14PM)
We get all sorts of cool wildlife here in the Ozark Mountians. I forget, sort of take it for granted I guess. What a horrible thought that is huh? How dumb.

We have Bobcats which make a sound that is scary as can be. Not a large wild cat by big cat standards but my female Boxer was in heat and on our back porch. I heard this odd sound and I went out to check on her. The sound was a Bobcat in the woods. Not a growl or anything you would think is a cat noise. I could not figure out what it was trying to do but thought it had to do with her being in heat.

Snakes are big here. Cottonmouths sun themselves on the pavement often. We had a Pygmy Rattlesnake curled up by our front door.

Deer roam about all over. Sort of a driving hazard. Woodpeckers, and a frog that almost killed me! (I had just had my ACL replaced and had the brace on my leg. I was checking the filter on the pool, which is on a retaining wall. Well the pool attracts frogs, which make a LOUD and I mean LOUD noise at dusk. Much louder than should come out of such a small frog! Well I was bent over looking at the filter and the frog lets loose a loud noise and I almost fall off the wall. How embarassing would THAT have been?)

Not to mention all the wildlife at the lakes.

We sort of take it for granted. Laurie, thank you for making me take a better look at what is right outside my door. I will get pics of the frogs in April. I promise. Maybe video so you can hear the noise.

Oh to be on topic. Tracking is sort of second nature here in the mountians.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 21, 2013 04:18PM)
I love frogs, Danny. I'd love to hear what you've got.

The occasional lynx and cougar can be seen in our river valley, but I've never heard of bobcats this far north. Cats are cool and scary.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 21, 2013 05:07PM)
You're welcome, Danny and thanks for posting. We had some frogs in the bog out on the trail here last spring and the noise they were making- I'm having a little trouble recalling it, but recollect it was like something out of the Twilight Zone. My sister recorded some video/audio. We even brought my Mom out there to let her have a listen and she wasn't sure she'd ever heard anything like it. I look forward to seeing/hearing what you've got there, Danny.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 27, 2013 03:29PM)
Saw the mouse again today, but couldn't get a pic! My sister found a piece of the deer trail I missed last time! Some new woodpecker excavations. More porcupine sign- found a urine trail in front of that den yesterday and took a shot of more combined trails today in another frequented spot.

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 27, 2013 03:47PM)
Here's one I forgot to post the other day. What's this?

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/PC290118.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 27, 2013 08:10PM)
All that white stuff covering the ground must make tracking a breeze! We don't get much of it by me. (THANK GOD!) I moved south on purpose just to avoid it.

I was in the Dominican Republic and right outside my door was a spider the size of my hand. Mind you I can completely hide a regular size Bicycle card in my palm without any of it showing in the fingers. THAT is a large spider!

I had to keep telling the guys in Mexico that the lizards are a GOOD thing to have in the house. They eat their weight in bugs.

I am always amazed we get turtles in the yard. I have no idea how as it is fenced. I always know because I won't see the dogs for longer than usual, and they are outside playing with the turtle. Sort of funny. 2 Boxers trying to get a turtle to play. I have a video of it somewhere I will put on You Tube.

Our other Boxer used to play with the Armadillos. They called it running like crazy but she thought it was great fun. This was before we had the house outside our condo.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 27, 2013 08:23PM)
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On 2013-01-27 16:47, magicalaurie wrote:
Here's one I forgot to post the other day. What's this?

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Hmm. The tracks are pretty degraded. Do you remember roughly how big everything is? Is each group a collection of four paws?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 27, 2013 09:50PM)
Thankyou both for posting. John, yes, no clear prints were discernible but I believe each group is a collection of four paws. From what I can recall, I'd say each group was about 6 inches in length. The maple keys in the shot might give a better indication of size, though. There weren't many groups and the distance between groups was interesting, too. I was wondering if it might be a rabbit, but more likely they belong to a squirrel? Obviously a guess on my part. :shrug:
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 28, 2013 09:49AM)
If it was a rabbit, two of the paws would be much bigger than the other two. I've got some old snowshoe hare tracks in my back yard; I'll see if they are photographable when I get home.

They look like squirrel tracks, but from your description, it would have to be a pretty huge squirrel (at least compared to the little red squirrels I am familiar with). How big are your Eastern Grey Squirrels?

Apart from that, what has a stride like a rabbit? (Or maybe the pictures are deceptive; in each group are the front tracks bigger than the back ones?)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 10:47AM)
Thanks, John. One source says 9.5 to 12 inches body length for the Eastern Grey Squirrels, which I'd agree with. I do think the front tracks were bigger than the back ie. hind feet landed first. The butterfly shape of the groups is what caught my eye in the first place. This photo was taken at a clearing at the start of the trail- near the road. It's possible the individual had come running from across the road to get here.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 28, 2013 11:26AM)
I haven't had much time to check out all the pics but I'm almost 100 percent certain those are squirrel tracks. The size seems right to me. With both a squirrel and a rabbit the hind feet lands ahead of the front feet when they are bounding along. With a squirrel the front feet are side by side whereas with a rabbit the front feet are in a straight line.

EDIT. I drew a nice diagram showing the tracks with X's but when I post all the spaces get removed and it doesn't show correctly. Basically, with the Squirrel you see two large tracks up front, then two smaller tracks in the rear, with the rear tracks being side by side. As show in the pic. The rabbit looks much the same but the two smaller prints will be in a straight line. Hope that makes sense.

EDIT II. Here is a nice guide to tracks.
http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/furbearer-tracks-brochure.pdf
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 12:22PM)
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On 2013-01-28 11:47, magicalaurie wrote:
ie. hind feet landed first.
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By this I mean, of course, hind feet landed forward of front feet. ;)

Thanks, Marlin, I know what you mean. I've burnt typical rabbit tracks on my magic wand, so I'm familiar with the pattern and realize those in the photo are different. Snowshoe hare, as John mentioned above, was something I had in mind but I realize the odds are much more in favour of squirrel around here. :)

Thanks very much for the great link. I read a really good tracking book about a month ago- borrowed from the library- but I'm going to have to buy a copy to refer to in order to learn to remember the tracks and sign. I had a little pocket size book of tracks years ago, but misplaced it and haven't been able to find it.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 28, 2013 12:59PM)
Anyone want to take a crack at these tracks I found a couple of weeks ago?

[img]http://imageshack.us/a/img7/5372/pic11022.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 01:00PM)
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Here's another set of tracks from further down the trail that I suspect are squirrel in the !! pattern.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 01:05PM)
Thanks for the pic! Something with a tail, for one, I think, Marlin. :)
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 28, 2013 01:07PM)
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On 2013-01-28 14:05, magicalaurie wrote:
Something with a tail, for one, Marlin. :)
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Definately. And a tail that it either can't lift up, or doesn't mind dragging in the snow.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 28, 2013 01:08PM)
It's a tail-dragger of some sort, Marlin. Are they chipmunk-sized or muskrat-sized?
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 28, 2013 01:12PM)
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On 2013-01-28 14:08, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
It's a tail-dragger of some sort, Marlin. Are they chipmunk-sized or muskrat-sized?
[/quote]

I wish I had taken put something next to it for scale, I have a couple of other pics but it's very hard to tell. I would say the complete set of tracks, front and back was about 6" long.

I don't know what it is myself but if I had to guess I'd say it's definately a rodent of some sort. Very possibly a deer mouse, although it seemed a little bit on the large size for that. But it's possible. I don't believe it's a muskrat although there are a lot of 'rats in that area. I should post it to the Schlitz Audubon FB page and see if someone can ID it. I think it's some sort of mouse, or chipmunk, or something..
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 30, 2013 08:14AM)
I rarely carry a camera. Last night, as I pick up my wife and my daughter from the riding stable, I take a short detour through the paddocks. Sure enough, 2 rabbits and 4 coyotes walking not not 15 meters from me, in amongst the horses. Geez Louise, I've gotta start carrying a camera. (I did have a cell phone, but being old, it never occurred to me to try to use it.)

Gah.

John
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 30, 2013 10:22AM)
My moms dog is 1/2 Siberian Husky and 1/2 wolf. I wish I knew how to post pics here. He is a white wolf with blue eyes effectively. Nicest dog ever. Gentle, loving and just great. Well with the exception that no matter how much you train him he wants to ROAM. He helped raise our 3 boxers. Ya know taught them to be "dogs" if you understand my meaning.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 30, 2013 11:15AM)
Danny, I upload photos to photobucket, then copy the img code they list underneath the photo and paste the code into a post here. Hit submit and the image will appear. Some Café instruction here- scroll down to Adding images:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/faq.php

If you don't like photobucket, there are other image hosting sites. If you need any further assistance please ask. :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 30, 2013 04:17PM)
OH I am a techno-moron at my very best.

If it is much beyond the concept of the power button I am lost. I am a luddite, but not by choice!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 30, 2013 05:03PM)
I'm no techie, but I've learned a few things. :)

Above zero Celsius by more than several degrees here, today, so I hit the trail. Great fresh deer tracks right at the front of the trail, going forward and back and walking on the trail and off on excursions and under waist-high limbs and branches and lower, so maybe some not very tall ones out. I didn't see them but their tracks were very clear. Great squirrel tracks visible today, too, and I got some pics of those, as well. Foggy in the woods and differing temperatures in areas, too.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 30, 2013 08:29PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1070023.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 30, 2013 10:45PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/magicalauriedeertracker.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 31, 2013 10:25AM)
I still say all that white stuff is cheating!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 31, 2013 11:48AM)
Well, Danny, it's what we've got right now. From my study so far of tracking, it appears to be a legitimate substrate. Good learning tool and deer prints in snow look very cool, indeed. Mentioned earlier, I've been looking at surrounding trees, and cedar helped confirm my initial deer track finds. :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 31, 2013 05:39PM)
I know I am just giving you grief.

We just had about an hour of snowfall. Not even enough to make it cover the ground. BUT it qualified for a SERVERE WEATHER ALERT! You might call it "fluries" LOL! Perspective is an interesting concept.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 31, 2013 06:31PM)
:)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 3, 2013 05:24PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110012_zpsf239b872.jpg[/img]
Caught the mouse on the run the other day- it dove into a tunnel in a squirrel track! Here's a pic of the tunnel entrance. :)

Tracks on the road home, heading toward the trail area:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110052_zpscb7ea9ed.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110053_zps7073f619.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110054_zps0be6a962.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/road_zpsedd7f1fd.jpg[/img]
down on the road

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/snowbankclimb_zps1fa2edba.jpg[/img]
climbing the side of a snowbank.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110066_zps033bc7f3.jpg[/img]
big dog

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110068_zps6429a1b1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110074_zps3d7c8221.jpg[/img]
Here are some I don't like seeing in snow... cat tracks.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110072_zpsec6c7f49.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2013 07:41PM)
I heard something in the porcupine den February 10. I think it might have been a porcupine. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 13, 2013 08:26PM)
Sounded something like this: http://youtu.be/UGz8jcbJjRw
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2013 07:14PM)
One of these:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/d8f608a2-476b-4518-ad99-b8ff19c3a470_zps53d12cf9.jpg[/img]

and two of these:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/feb16mouse_zps2e0fd758.jpg[/img]

out today! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 24, 2013 05:07PM)
Check this out:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1270010_zpsc13c2643.jpg[/img]

:)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 15, 2013 05:55PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1160002_zps5286eebc.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1160005_zpsb7e20f43.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 16, 2013 04:59AM)
[quote]
On 2013-03-15 18:55, magicalaurie wrote:
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1160002_zps5286eebc.jpg[/img]
[/quote]

"Imperial troops always ride single file, to hide their number."
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jun 2, 2013 09:19PM)
I'm late to this thread and I hope to share my own tracking pics here soon.
I'm not very good at posting pics though...
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Jun 2, 2013 11:24PM)
[quote]
On 2013-06-02 22:19, Devious wrote:
I'm late to this thread and I hope to share my own tracking pics here soon.
I'm not very good at posting pics though...
[/quote]
PM me Brother and I'll help you out with that.....Are you sleeping yet?
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jun 3, 2013 02:36AM)
How do you cook porcupine?

:question:






Carefully. ;)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jun 4, 2013 10:05PM)
I now have pictures of the aforementioned offending frog. BUT I have no idea how to post them!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 30, 2014 01:05PM)
[youtube]iYq-8y3_97U[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 30, 2014 03:43PM)
Very cool, Laurie.

I spent the summer before last at a house in upstate NY. One morning, I went outside to put out the garbage in the garbage shed. Right by my front porch was some scat with half-digested apples. I looked it up on the Internet, and it was what I thought--bear scat. I then went to the shed, and I found the 1-inch thick, 4-foot iron bar used to close the shed, [i]bent in the middle.[/i]

I'll post a picture of the bear scat if anyone is interested.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 30, 2014 05:28PM)
You know I'm interested. Please do! Were you expecting that response? ;)

I saw a black bear run across the Galetta side road on Father's Day- did I mention that here at the Café somewhere? Finally, a bear! I didn't get a pic, but I saw the bear! :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 30, 2014 05:55PM)
Okay, you asked for it, Laurie T.

Black bear scat, Upstate NY:

[img]http://i.imgur.com/Yck7CQI.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 30, 2014 05:58PM)
Excellent. ;) Thankyou. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 30, 2014 06:39PM)
[youtube]St4JZyic2HI[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2015 11:33AM)
Here are some tracks that may, or may not, test folks tracking skills. Mens size 12 boot for reference.

[img]http://s2.postimg.cc/hx1h000ll/10914982_927083417325153_3976797806998658692_o.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 27, 2015 01:01PM)
A horse hopping on one hoof?
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2015 01:27PM)
Nope, definitely an animal with more than one leg. And less than five.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 27, 2015 02:12PM)
I'm guessing that those are pairs of tracks that have melted together.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2015 02:26PM)
[quote]On Jan 27, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I'm guessing that those are pairs of tracks that have melted together. [/quote]


Hmmmm. I can tell you they are individual prints.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 27, 2015 02:42PM)
You've really got me. I suppose a wolverine or cougar could leave "straight line" tracks like that, but these are too huge. Hmmm. Anyone else?
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2015 03:15PM)
It's actually a pretty common gait for this animal. Definitely not a wolverine down here, nor is it a cat of any kind.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 27, 2015 03:17PM)
What do you have that is that big and doesn't have cloven hooves? Shouldn't your bears be hibernating?
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2015 03:24PM)
[quote]On Jan 27, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
What do you have that is that big and doesn't have cloven hooves? [/quote]

Nothing that I know of, but Mother Nature does funny things. You were on the right track (no pun intended) earlier.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 02:03AM)
I have some deer, just having the ***edest time getting them loaded...
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 02:10AM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/FB_IMG_1422518374259_zpsmeiroiqd.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 02:13AM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/FB_IMG_1422518381010_zpss3qaamnv.jpg[/IMG]

B
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 02:19AM)
Laurie, girl, with your eye to the beauty.of nature and bent for magics you could almost be my soulmate. If only you weren't Canadian and myself a shade evil ;)
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 29, 2015 10:49AM)
Ooookaayy.

Anyway, Magnus the answer is coyote tracks. They are coyote tracks that melted out in a way that leaves them somewhat intact, but they look huge.(You were on the right track when you said something about two tracks melted together.)

Somewhat common phenomenon that often leads people to believe there are 300 lb wolves, or 150 lb coyotes stalking the woods.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 29, 2015 10:56AM)
Very nice. I could see the pads (or I could pretend I saw them when horse's hooves were ruled out), but it I'm a bit surprised by the straight line of the gait. Nice teaser, Marlin.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 12:05PM)
That's my version of a friendly compliment. If you still think I'm normal then sucks to have those powers of observation.
Anyway, I live in grizzly country so we see tracks that look like huge barefoot human feet. The first time I saw one I thought "who would be this far out at this time of year barefoot? Oh... bear foot..."
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 29, 2015 12:42PM)
[quote]On Jan 29, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I'm a bit surprised by the straight line of the gait. [/quote]

If they are just walking then they straddle the line a little more, but when they trot and lope the tracks form more of a straight line. The yote in the pic below is trotting and you can see even from the picture that it's feet are pretty much in a straight line. Pretty cool.

[img]http://s30.postimg.cc/j644gqx9d/yotetrot.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 03:07PM)
Foxes have very interesting gait patterns. I've got a bunch more tracks around that I might put up later. Been giving serious thought to just disappearing into the woods for good. Humans are just too exhausting to interact with
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 29, 2015 03:32PM)
[quote]On Jan 29, 2015, critter wrote:
Foxes have very interesting gait patterns [/quote]

They do. They can also make straight line tracks like most walkers; cats, and canids, and even deer for that matter (especially small/young ones). Often the hind foot falls right in the track made by the front foot.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 29, 2015 05:03PM)
[Img]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150129_144400667_zps0hk14838.jpg[/IMG]


Anybody want to guess?
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 29, 2015 05:32PM)
[quote]On Jan 6, 2013, motown wrote:
I heard they're good eats! :) [/quote]

I assume you meant porcupines, not trees, LOL! A little gamey. A lot like pork. Very much like opossum if you've ever had that. With all the quills, helluva thing to clean! Not worth it to me. I don't hunt any more. I love animals too much.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 29, 2015 05:41PM)
[quote]On Jan 21, 2013, Dannydoyle wrote:
We have Bobcats which make a sound that is scary as can be. Not a large wild cat by big cat standards...[/quote]

In Florida we had Bobcats. I was riding my mountain bike through Caloosa Regional Park (12 miles of trails), and took a break to smoke a doob' and hydrate. I was sitting on the park bench when I heard a sound I've never heard.

I look up, and not 50 feet away, there is this Bobcat sitting, staring at me. I've never seen one. Beautiful cat, but man...no way could I outrun him. I threw my beef jerky and he got up and chased it. I was OUTTA there. Don't know if they are dangerous, but I ain't-a gonna find out!

I wonder if there are any in Maine?

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 29, 2015 05:45PM)
[quote]On Jun 3, 2013, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
How do you cook porcupine?
Carefully. ;) [/quote]

Ha! LOL! Oven roast. Like a chicken. Lotsa fat. Smells nasty cooking. Like opossum or bear.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 29, 2015 05:52PM)
[quote]On Jan 27, 2013, Dannydoyle wrote:
I had to keep telling the guys in Mexico that the lizards are a GOOD thing to have in the house. They eat their weight in bugs.
[/quote]

In Florida we had Anoles. Cute little lizards. Every one I caught I let loose in the house. Never had a bug problem like so many people do. However, people freak when they see the thing on your wall. They're harmless. Ornamental, in my opinion.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 29, 2015 06:03PM)
[quote]On Jan 29, 2015, critter wrote:
Laurie, girl, with your eye to the beauty.of nature and bent for magics you could almost be my soulmate. If only you weren't Canadian and myself a shade evil ;) [/quote]

Haahaha! Critter, you said what I've thought for a long time! I never had the nerve to say it. Besides, the last thing I wanna do is embarrass her. Canadian is a GOOD thing! I'm a bit twisted, myself, though. I do like to smoke a doob' and walk in the snow. We just got two feet, and are getting whopped again tomorrow.

I love this! It's why I came back to Maine! I don't know where I could track around here. I'm in the city.

Doug
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 30, 2015 09:32AM)
[quote]On Jan 29, 2015, critter wrote:
[Img]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150129_144400667_zps0hk14838.jpg[/IMG]


Anybody want to guess? [/quote]

It's a raccoon. It had just come to an abrupt stop, as can be seen by the mounding up front
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 30, 2015 09:46AM)
Nice. It's very hard for me to see it. On my screen it looks like there are 3 toes on the front foot and 3 on the hind..
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 30, 2015 01:07PM)
Yeah,there are rocks near the edges of the back feet and some of the "toes" didn't press as hard so they're fainter. Also, next time I'll put something down to compare size
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 30, 2015 06:31PM)
Squirrel [IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/IMG_20150129_144113097_zps42jdhrr6.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 30, 2015 06:33PM)
Same squirrel's claw marks in tree [IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/IMG_20150129_144229605_zpstyvux6wp.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 2, 2015 02:02PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150202_085547248_zpsqo8grmay.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 2, 2015 02:04PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150202_085925249_zps5xkupy9p.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 2, 2015 02:05PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150202_090309073_zpsmsvcumzk.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 3, 2015 02:03PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150203_085606697_zpspuyei0j1.jpg[/IMG]

Cacti? In a Spokane Winter?
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 3, 2015 02:04PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150203_091222489_zps4ufns4ep.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 8, 2015 06:06PM)
I took a nice picture of some deer poop today but my phone deleted it :/
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 8, 2015 06:11PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150208_150902127_zpsdobfzcnd.jpg[/IMG]

Here's a critter trail instead ;)
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 10, 2015 05:49PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150210_142019484_zpsdchcq8vh.jpg[/IMG]

Marmot poop
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 11, 2015 08:11AM)
Critter, are those photos recent? Is this what the dead of winter looks like for you?
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 11, 2015 12:52PM)
Yeah and not usually. Winter seems to be ending quickly here this year. Spokane is known for our erratic weather. It sometimes goes from 80 to snowing, to 80, to lightning storm all in the same day. Cold air is heck on my asthma though so I like it around the 50s or 60s best.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 11, 2015 02:53PM)
Just found out this is our warmest February since 1934
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 12, 2015 05:03PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150212_143606014_zpsn2yyyt86.jpg[/IMG]
Here's the deer poop I promised
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 17, 2015 03:23PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150217_123934586_zpsrmbwsbdg.jpg[/IMG]

;)
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 17, 2015 03:26PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150217_120133709_zpsyqcp5l3u.jpg[/IMG]

Also tracked this moose to his watering hole
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 24, 2015 07:04PM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150223_121142114_zpshobd62hd.jpg[/IMG]

It got up to a balmy 40F yesterday so I followed the duck into the river
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 24, 2015 10:13PM)
Big toes on that duck...
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 25, 2015 01:27AM)
Gotta look hard for the track
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 25, 2015 01:32AM)
[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150223_121132779_zpsuws0zsw9.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150223_121058829_zpssgvqmdzo.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 25, 2015 07:07AM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2015, critter wrote:
Gotta look hard for the track [/quote]
Ah, okay.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 25, 2015 04:11PM)
[Img]http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/professorvaleyard/Mobile%20Uploads/received_10152784556908510_zpsipt9xl6v.jpeg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 25, 2015 05:29PM)
That's an interesting collection of ducks, where did you see those?
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 25, 2015 06:57PM)
Spokane River, Boulder Beach
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 25, 2015 06:59PM)
I intend to visit Glacier National Park in the near future so that will be an excellent opportunity for some pics
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 26, 2015 08:23AM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2015, critter wrote:
Spokane River, Boulder Beach [/quote]

Kind of a bummer because they don't belong there. They are domestics living in the wild.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 26, 2015 12:59PM)
We have a lot of introduced species around here. Flora and fauna. I still love how close nature is. I live less than five minutes from downtown and can find deer and wild turkey within blocks of my house
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 26, 2015 01:14PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2015, critter wrote:
We have a lot of introduced species around here. Flora and fauna. I still love how close nature is. I live less than five minutes from downtown and can find deer and wild turkey within blocks of my house [/quote]

Oh yeah, we have a lot of deer and turkey around urban areas as well. Deer have always been around but over the last 15-20 years turkey populations have really exploded. I see them constantly.

Those ducks are not introduced, they are probably ducks that people either bought to raise, or chicks that they bought around easter, then dumped on the river cause they got tired of them. Domestic ducks shouldn't be turned loose anymore than domestic dogs and cats should be turned loose in the woods to fend for themselves. In most cases it's illegal to do so. They also interbreed with wild ducks which isn't good for either of em.

Good thing you are having a mild winter because they don't know how to migrate and even if they did those Long Island ducks (the white ones) can barely fly.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 26, 2015 04:51PM)
What kind of duck is the duck mid-pack with the white neck and dark body?
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 26, 2015 05:36PM)
We've always had those white ducks
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 26, 2015 06:23PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2015, landmark wrote:
What kind of duck is the duck mid-pack with the white neck and dark body? [/quote]

Most likely some sort of domestic mallard, or domestic mallard and some other barnyard duck hybrid. Domestics come in a lot of crazy patterns because people keeps all sorts of ducks together and let them interbreed. That why it's trouble when they breed with wild ducks, It's very harmful to the gene pool.

I'm glad we don't have that problem around here very much. I see very few domestic ducks in the wild, even in parks. Most likely due to the cold winters we get.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 5, 2015 08:51PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 5, 2015 08:52PM)
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Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 6, 2015 04:58PM)
Ba doodness! What kind of turtle is that?

Sadly, I'm too far north for turtles; they only live in the southernmost part of the province, near the Montana border. :(
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 6, 2015 05:56PM)
Not sure what kind of turtle. I think a red eared slider. We're not far from Montana
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 14, 2015 10:44PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 15, 2015 12:15AM)
I like ducks
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Mar 15, 2015 09:38AM)
Me too. In Florida, we had Muscovies. I had about a dozen regular visitors. Very friendly. I wonder if they are wild or domestic? Kinda messy, but nice duck. Never seen 'em anywhere else.

Doug
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 15, 2015 01:35PM)
Grey squirrels are still my favorites of the locals. Turkey are plentiful around here too
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 15, 2015 05:33PM)
Nice pics guys. This is one of the best times around here to start bird watching, you never know what you might see.(saw the first Bluebird of the year today). I'm right on track with the ducks, just checked two of my best spots today. Things are opening up and I'm seeing a lot of Mallards working the area. Over the next couple of weeks or so, depending on the weather, I expect to start seeing Woodies, Ring-Necks, Red Heads, and both Blue and Green Winged Teal, among others. Hoping for a glimpse of a Pintail in full plumage but that's gonna take some work and a lot of luck.

Time to trade in the snow boots for the Mudders and hit the marshes. Love it!

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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 16, 2015 04:31PM)
Saw this guy today, wish I could have gotten a better picture. It's an American Kestral. If you've never seen one look them up, they are beautiful birds. I see them around now and then but have never been able to get a decent picture of one.

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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 21, 2015 04:20PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 21, 2015 04:55PM)
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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 21, 2015 05:12PM)
Lots of courtship/mating action going on with the geese. The classic neck stretching, head rolling, and vocalizing. And fighting off of rivals. I wish I would have had my video cam, I could have gotten much better footage. And better sound, you can't hear the hissing and other sounds they make in that video. Maybe I will get back over there tomorrow. I estimate 50-100 pair will nest there.
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Mar 21, 2015 11:14PM)
This is a fun thread. We have been blessed with bald eagles nesting in one of our trees for the past three years. We have been able to watch the eaglets grow and test their wings and finally leave the nest. Unfortunately one of them died last year. He made it to the ground where he just kind of hung around for a few days. We called the DNR and they came out to check on him, but he died.

The tree is about 6 feet from our house and the eagles make a real mess! Dead fish litter the yard, and the whitewash can't be cleaned from the sidewalk! We also routinely find beautiful feathers in the yard but it is illegal to possess them.

It's fun to watch them swoop down into the water for fish; just a beautiful thing to see. On the negative side, people are always parked in their boats right off our dock watching the things.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 22, 2015 10:43AM)
Hey Starrpower, I'm in WI as well. Bald eagle sightings used to be a rarity but now are pretty common. It's still a thrill to see them though. Must be cool to have a nest so close. You're right about it being illegal to possess those eagle feathers. In fact, many people don't realize that it's illegal to possess almost any kind of wild bird feather.
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Mar 22, 2015 10:49AM)
I have a friend who is native American. He is allowed by law to possess them, so I give the feathers to him. I guess technically I "possess" them in the interim. The reason is they don't want poachers killing the birds for trophies.

Where are you in WI?
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Mar 22, 2015 11:14AM)
[quote]On Mar 22, 2015, Starrpower wrote:
I have a friend who is native American. He is allowed by law to possess them, so I give the feathers to him. I guess technically I "possess" them in the interim. The reason is they don't want poachers killing the birds for trophies.

Where are you in WI? [/quote]

My girlfriend can legally possess them as well. Yes, it to protect the birds that's why having a hawk, or even a cardinal feather, is illegal. You can't hunt those birds so there is no way to prove whether it was a found feather or if the bird was killed illegally.

I'm in the Milwaukee area. I've seen eagles in Mequon and Thiensville as well as out in Lake County. And many, many more up north. Where are you?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 24, 2015 10:06AM)
And after several sunny warm days it's supposed to snow this afternoon. Welcome to Spokane
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Mar 24, 2015 07:44PM)
We don't get the warm sunny days, just the snow. Welcome to Wisconsin.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 24, 2015 11:01PM)
We don't get as hot as Arizona or as cold as Alaska, what we do get is weather that changes so fast you never have time to get used to it. I do prefer cold to hot though
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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Apr 19, 2015 03:11PM)
The blue wings are back. First non-Mallard puddle ducks I've seen this spring. I was walking through the marsh when I saw one slip into the reeds. I pressed as far in as I could till the water was almost over the top of my boots and finally flushed six of them. No pics but I got some great looks at them through my field glasses as they circled three or four times before dropping into a different pothole 30 or 40 yards away.
Message: Posted by: critter (Apr 19, 2015 10:22PM)
Nice. Last Tuesday some ducks swam around my legs when I was wading in the river. It was awesome
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 20, 2015 08:10AM)
Lots of geese--Canada and snow--and lot's of mallards right now. I haven't been out much, so I might have missed the swans and cranes :(
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Message: Posted by: Starrpower (May 24, 2015 06:31PM)
I have lots of visitors to my yard. Of course, I never have a camera so I got one of those motion sensitive ones and tied it to a tree.

We also have an eagle nest in our tree. Last year we had two eaglets but only one made it. I'll see if I can find a pic of that if anyone is interested.

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Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 24, 2015 09:24PM)
Very nice, Starrpower. Of course, I'd love to see your eaglet. I hear you had a close encounter with bison once, too :)