Because we live on the very edge of the forest, our family has had the privilege of becoming acquainted with a wide variety of wildlife. We’ve seen bears (very, very close up),white tailed deer, raccoons, fishers, bobcats, and plenty of squirrels and song birds. Coyote and fox tracks often appear in the mud along the lane. Hawks and vultures soar over head. Owls serenade us on summer nights. This spring, however, something new has moved into the neighborhood.
At first we thought the large, dark shape, that appeared in a treetop seventy feet above the forest floor, was a nest of some sort, but after taking photos from every angle and enlarging them on the computer, we realized that our nest was changing positions and had claws.
In the first series of photos we shot it looked like a bear cub, and at that distance, my Nikon was straining to pick up details. (Especially when the photographer holding the camera couldn’t keep her hands still. I have got start using the tripod.) After a couple of sessions, we realized that the animal’s nose was all wrong, and our baby bear had quills!
I would like to introduce you to one very, very large porcupine. She has been in the same tree for a couple of weeks now, and has been working diligently at removing all of the bark from a very large branch. The few photos we have gotten of our porcupine’s belly show that she is either extremely well fed, or that we can expect to see tiny porcupines in the near future.
The robins have come back to the hollow and we are hoping that spring will be shortly behind them. I’ve been monitoring the weather forecast, and it seems they are always promising fifty degree weather in the distant future, but that future never seems to grow nearer. After the family left yesterday, I used the final hour of good daylight to practice with the new camera, and I cannot believe the distance it will allow you to be from a subject and still take a clear photo. The little guy at the bottom was sitting at the top of the tallest tree in the yard. These two robins were not at all disturbed by this amateur photographer, because I was quite a ways from them. Let’s hope these little fellows brought some warmer weather with them.
The performance that follows is a primeval tale of crime and punishment starring:
Blue – as the Amazon warrior princess
Specs – as brave young knight no. 1
Boots- as brave young knight no. 2
Jazzy – as the talkative spectator in the peanut gallery
and in his first appearance Vacuum Cleaner – playing himself.
In our house if the remote control is missing, blame it on the cat. It’s probably true. Our Boots has a fascination for electronic gadgets. (As the scratches on the screen of my Kindle will tell you.) He cuddles the remote controls, plays with actors on the TV screen, and destroyed my cell phone charger. If you called me recently and the person who answered merely purred with contentment, I must apologize. Someone left the phone on the cat tree.