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Re: OT-Wildlife

  • Subject: Re: OT-Wildlife
  • From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:27:35 -0700

Love to watch otters. They always seem to be having a good time.

On Sep 1, 2009, at 1:59 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

In this strange summer lots of things are different.  There are more
chipmunks than I have ever seen before - and everyone else is having
the same reaction.  The downy woodpeckers have begun drinking from
the hummingbird feeder regularly.  But most striking are the otters.
For years the otters would appear in our small pond two or three
times a summer. There would usually be three of them and they would
stay for a couple of hours - weren't at all shy - didn't seem to mind us
when we went down to look at them.  They are quite vocal, and would
seem to be discussing these odd people.  We thought they probably
came for the frogs in the pond, and left when they had cleaned it out.
Well, this summer they are coming two or three times a week.  Before
it was always early in the morning, but now they come at all hours.
Today around noon there were at least five - can't see the near shore
of the pond as it's downhill from the house and there is a bit of bank
overhang - but there could have been more. I'm guessing the family
has grown, but we can't figure out why they are coming so much more
often.  There are still some frogs - we hear them at night - so maybe
that's not what they come for. They have to come through the neighbor's woods. The pond is spring-fed, so there is no waterway in. We are close
to a power-line in one direction, and an undeveloped county parkland
in another, but there is no direct approach route.  Strange.

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