Camouflage Expert

I wandered down to the overflow pond to see who was there. A mallard duck was resting on the outcrop between the two pools of water and looked up at me. I watched closely, though, because there appeared to be …

Riverside Birds

This spring has been very cold and perhaps that is why I have been seeing some unusual birds.  Yesterday as I walked home from the train, I saw a variety of warblers that were new to me.

Tennessee Warbler

I’m …

Watchful Weasel

The dog and I walk along the river and, while he’s sniffing the grass, I keep an eye on the river.  Even on a windy day, you can see ripples that aren’t natural on the water.  I saw some and …

Myrtle Warbler

I’d not seen a Myrtle warbler before – and hadn’t known it under it’s Yellow Rump (or “Butter Butt”) name.  The purpose of this site was to help with my observation skills and visually I’m better, but the birds make …

Basking Beaver in the River

This weekend was extremely hot.  I was out early with the dog to try to get in a walk before we both melted.  As we passed a large outflow pipe, this beaver was floating on the river.  Not a ripple …

Muskrat Rushes

One afternoon on the way home, the water was deep and the ducks were dabbling.  Then a muskrat swam up and started grabbing the rushes from near the edge of the pond.

muskrat-swimming

Beaver Breakfast

I’ve shifted my schedule to catch an earlier train and I’m seeing a slightly different slice of life on the trail in the morning.  This will change as the days shorten and the light disappears but it’s meant more animal …

Striped Chipmunk

There are few sounds that the dog hears that are more ear-raising than the single chirp of the chipmunk.  Immediately he catches it, his ears go up and he points directly at it.  This one was peeking out in response …

Beaver Foraging

I walk to the train and notice how the animals shift with daylight, rather than time.  When I walk in the dark, it’s often just me and the dawn chorus warming up.  As dawn breaks before I reach the tracks, …

Stealing Mink

This American Mink dodged out onto the snow before the river melted and scooted along just past the rivers edge.  It’s the third time I’ve seen mink along the river but the first time I was able to get a …