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Offline Rajame

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« Reply #1755 on: March 23, 2014, 09:53:53 AM »
Great photos and observations Gasp, Faerie and Gmade! Such a great view this morning!
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« Reply #1756 on: March 24, 2014, 05:54:34 PM »
That is amazing Gmadeb!  What a sight to see.  Thanks for sharing your photos.   :ecsmile

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« Reply #1757 on: March 24, 2014, 06:10:55 PM »
Last week I came to the chat to see if anyone could help me figure out what we had seen while walking in the snow covered woods here in NH last weekend. 

We saw this opening in the hill like a den opening about 6 to 8 inches wide with lots of scat at the opening.  There appeared to be a well worn path in the snow to a Hemlock tree about 25 feet away.  Under the Hemlock tree were many small branches laying on the ground.  The whole scene is about 50 feet away from a large river. 





Our sleuths started looking things up and thought maybe we had a porcupine.  Nan sent the photos to her friends at Antler Ridge Wildlife Santuary.  Their first thought was porcupine.  They suggested we look for claw marks, hair, etc.

So Saturday we hiked back out there with our daughter who is studing wildlife biology at college.  It is always a wonderful hike, we saw a juvenile bald eagle, adult bald eagle, pair of red-tails and a mink in the river.  When we arrived there appeared to be fresh scat under the hemlock.  We looked over at the den site and noticed there had been a new hole dug above the old one with fresh dirt on top of the snow. 





The old den had some water in it probably from some melting snow earlier in the week.  There were visible tracks everywhere.  It appeared that there were two sizes.  My daughter found a porcupine quill in the opening of the old den.  We walked up the small hill to look at the second hole.  Did it go the the other one?  It was deep.  Then we noticed dirty tracks and pieces of fur a little further up.  Ut oh.  Something has been here.  Did they dig the hole?  We could see a one small foot and bones.  The blood appeared fresh.  Was it a baby porcupine, a porcupette?

Bigger tracks

Smaller tracks




When we got home we looked up porcupines.  They mate in late spring and fall and have a 7 month gestation period.  They usually one have one porcupette.  So it must be too early for it to be a porcupette which are born in late April, early May.  Did our dear porcupine get attacked?  We are not sure and can't tell if all the tracks were porcupines. 

We did follow more tracks from the scene and came across a different scat.   Then it was bare ground so the the trail for us ended.  We did learn some facts about porcupines and I enjoyed my discussion with you on the chat.

This site had some helpful information : http://www.wildwoodtracking.com/mammals/porcupine/porcupine01.html

Thanks for all your help.  It's nice to be able to share here.   :ecsmile

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« Reply #1758 on: March 24, 2014, 10:03:14 PM »
Really interesting Jungle    thanks for the mystery

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« Reply #1759 on: March 25, 2014, 08:13:15 AM »

i really appreciate being able to see things i will never see here.
Thank you so much Gma & Jungleland! ♥
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« Reply #1760 on: March 28, 2014, 11:29:36 PM »
Yesterday, fortunately, we had some sunny breaks.  As soon as I saw so many birds flying around over the water, I knew something was happening.  I looked across the bay when I heard the sea lions, and I noticed the bright turquoise water right away.  Finally - after giving up on it happening around here this year, I could see that there were signs of herring spawning.  





<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpwQj_eO7kQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpwQj_eO7kQ</a>

I was a little concerned when I noticed some people trying to get close to all the activity on paddle boards.  There were very many sea lions milling around - and they could easily have been toppled over.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_lGDlVtPOQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_lGDlVtPOQ</a>


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« Reply #1761 on: March 28, 2014, 11:52:45 PM »
Today was a stormy, wet day.  The turquoise discolouration is not showing in my photos and videos, but the bay was full of sea lions, gulls, eagles - all looking for herring - the noise was deafening at times.  A few hundred sea lions herding herring can get very noisy!

They would form groups of thirty or so (I'm guessing as it is really hard to count how many) and seemed to work with other groups to drive the herring into concentrated groups.  Sometimes it was quite frenzied, especially towards evening.

I have a few photos, and many videos.  The videos give a better idea of the scale of the event.  I can truly say that I have never witnessed anything like this before - and other local people in this area have said the same.


A small group of sea lions congregating in front of our lower deck.







In the videos below (best viewed full screen with volume up) just listen to the racket!  And see the feeding frenzy of the sea lions.  Also, you can see a few eagles fishing and flying around.  We have noticed a lot of 'youngsters' around - getting an opportunity to practise their fishing skills!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_--UGuCmA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_--UGuCmA</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghdzpLsRqRw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghdzpLsRqRw</a>

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« Reply #1762 on: March 28, 2014, 11:56:26 PM »
We noticed the herring too as they milled around under our deck at high tide.





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« Reply #1763 on: March 29, 2014, 12:04:33 AM »
Madrona,

I was wondering if you were going to see any herring spawn this year.

What an awesome sight and you were so lucky to b e so close to the beach to see and capture all the activity. The noise is deafening (even with out my hearing aids in place  ) :ecwink

Many thanks for sharing your day with us - wonderful sightings.

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« Reply #1764 on: March 29, 2014, 12:39:32 AM »
Fabulous Madrona! Thank you!
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« Reply #1765 on: March 29, 2014, 02:02:16 AM »
Amazing photos and videos Madrona. Really interesting that the herring spawn is staggered over time and distance.  You  may see knee deep roe again.  Thank you for sharing this event

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« Reply #1766 on: March 29, 2014, 06:58:03 AM »
Yes, that was the first thing that I thought about linused, that as close as madrona is to Hornby, it still was about a 2 to 3 (?) week difference in timing.  It must be very interesting to experience.  Madrona, thanks for sharing all of the great pics and videos.  :thumbup:

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« Reply #1767 on: March 29, 2014, 07:47:50 AM »
incredible Mad!  Hope they settled down the noise during sleep hours! :sleeping

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« Reply #1768 on: March 29, 2014, 07:51:21 AM »
Wow Thank you Madrona!! And lot of eagles out at the point a couple drying wings amazing the number of sealions!!!! no kayaking today lolol

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« Reply #1769 on: March 29, 2014, 08:16:25 AM »
Madrona, what an incredible sight to witness and the sounds, just incredible!!!  Hope you got some sleep last night  :eclol

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us.