Tami and I took a walk last Sunday when the temps reached 60 degrees.
“Who knows when it’ll be this warm again?” she said.
Little did we know, the weathermen would be predicting 6 – 12 inches of snow for Wednesday!
I told Tami I wanted to see some wildlife. She told me not to get my hopes up. “It’s pretty late in the season, Maxx,” she warned.
That Tami! She’s such a glass-half-full-kind of person!
It was already getting kind of dusk-ish out, but down by the lake, the sun lit up the other shore . . .
Tami immediately started snapping pictures, but I had spied something better.
“Psssst!” I whispered.
She didn’t hear me.
“Psssssssssssssssssst!” I said a little louder.
She waved a hand my way.
“OVER HERE!” I yelled.
“Geesh! Wait a minute! The sun won’t be shining like this forever -”
“I don’t think the eagles will be on their island much longer either -”
Tami whipped around so fast, I thought she was gonna fall in the water!
BOTH eagles were sitting pretty, just waiting for Tami to take their photo; one on the nest and another on a nearby tree. If you look back through the blog, you’ll see that once the babies leave the nest, we rarely see them together again until February, when they get ready to lay another set of eggs. Tami was so excited, she almost missed seeing the cormorant on a nearby log too . . .
And then, on the way back home, we also saw how hard the beavers have been working along the lakeside trail.
This tree that they took down is about eight feet long. It fell in such a way that it was caught in the bushes, so the beavers are stripping it of its bark, and cutting it into three foot chunks.
So much for not seeing any wildlife, huh?
Still, in all her years at the campground, Tami hasn’t seen a beaver in the wild yet. She’s heard their tail slap the water in warning, but that’s it.
Beavers are pretty interesting mammals: They have only one partner, can live about 24 years, their kits stay with them for about 2 years with the parents sharing duties, and they’re second only to humans in their ability to change their environment.
One of these days, she swears she’ll have a picture to show you!