Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Gray Cat Bird (immature) of The Vermilon River: "I got these photos in the late summer as you can see and was completely at odds as to what it was. I sent it off to Science North, a loca..."
The Gray Cat bird is a mimic thrush with a song that has a mewling sound to it, and may incorporate the songs of other birds. They're not especially rare but are usually found in shrubs bordering farm lands, which is just the opposite of here. So I count myself lucky to have seen him and got the photo.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Some Dragonflies of The Vermilon River: "I really know nothing of dragonflies, except that they feed on insects such as mosquitoes, blackflies etc. This makes me a fan of dragonfl..."
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 3 Female Hairy Woodpecker Of The Vermilon River: "Just Digging Right In There Her head IsTurned Side View Her Head Is Almost In The Tree She is not posed against white t..."
Friday, November 26, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 2 Male Hairy Woodpecker of The Vermilon River: "An Attentive Look Photo Shows The Red Patch Side View Again they're an attractive bird that is quite common here. I'm alwa..."
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 2 Female Hairy Woodpecker of The Vermilon River: "Photos are from the same hike. In the first photo you can see she got her wing caught on a branch. She got it out with no problems."
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 1 Male Hairy Woodpecker of the Vermilon River: "Quite Agile Isn't He Side View Back View Larger than the Downy which I have not seen up here the male Hairy Woodpecker is a han..."
|Quite Agile Isn't He|
Larger than the Downy which I have not seen up here the male Hairy Woodpecker is a handsome fellow with those dramatic black and whites setting off that red patch.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 1 Female Hairy Woodpecker of The Vermilon River: "Identifiable by the long black beak and the lack of a red head patch as a female Hairy Woodpecker, I found her just north of the east tra..."
Monday, November 22, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Another Invitation: This Time To View some Hairy W...: "Where's The Snow? Boom and I are shut-ins today because we had freezing rain last night when we're supposed to have permanent snow cover. ..."
|Where's The Snow?|
Hope you enjoy the Woodpeckers. I'll start to post on Tuesday @ 7 PM EST through to Sat night.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 2 Fisher (Cat) at the Beaver Pond of The Vermilon ...: "Note the claws which are partially retractable More photos of this guy turned out well so he's back for an encore, and another little st..."
|Note the claws which are partially retractable|
In the same area, earlier that same week, a young fellow with his dog, who had been blueberry picking (both of them not just the dog), came tearing out of the bush, claiming something snarled and screamed at both of them. He thought it was a cougar. They've re-established themselves in this area. I think it was this guy or another one. You can find recordings of the screaming sound on the web.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 1 Fisher (Cat) of the Vermilon River: "This guy, certainly no beaver, turned up the day the ice skim was on the pond, and here is the story. The hike out was cold. Although it..."
The hike out was cold. Although it was cloudy, the sun was out intermittently, and as I sat on my favourite rock after shedding my gear ,except for the camera ever ready to get a few beaver shots, I started to doze a bit. Still alert enough I guess, I noticed a tail going into the log pile in the front of the pond. Not a beaver tail I might add. I stood up and was a little disappointed as he was going the wrong way for a photo. Annoyed I picked up a rock from the old rail bed and lobbed it up in the air and it struck the skim breaking through with a loud splash. Out popped Mr. Tough Guy prepared for lunch or at least to defend his territory.
I think he is a Fisher or Fisher Cat as Americans call him. He is a member of the Mustelid family (weasel) a cousin of the marten and the wolverine. The marten a little smaller has an orange chest patch. The Fisher is normally dark brown or black and may be frosted at the fur tips. He forages for mice, voles, rabbits and has achieved a rather nasty reputation as a predator.
(For non-North Americans, the wolverine about the size of a mid-sized dog is avoided by all predators- think vicious.)
Probably because the Fisher is the only mammal with a strategy to attack porcupines successfully, he is also considered a proficient predator. He is being re-introduced in some New England states as a natural solution to a porcupine problem. He was trapped extensively at one time and marketed along with his cousin, the Marten, as sable. That's why the clue was the preferred fur of Hollywood glamour queens.
Congrats Hilke for guessing the ID of the animal. More photos follow in another entry posted tonight at my time 7pm.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 3 Activity In a Beaver Pond of The Vermilon River: "The first photo is the second beaver hutch. The second photo is the first hutch showing an open path in the ice to the hut. Still no Beaver..."
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: 2 Activity In A Beaver Pond of the Vermilon River: "The first photo shows the older hutch with the new hutch in the background. The second photo again shows activity in the pond. Obviously, t..."
There is an ice skim on the pond which you can see.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Activity in a Beaver Pond of The Vermilon River: "Active Beaver Hutch Evidence of activity This pond is along the east track beyond the wetlands I have already shown you. The pond ..."
|Active Beaver Hutch|
|Evidence of activity|
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: An Invitation from Boom & Me to A Tour Of A Vermil...: "What's He Up To Now? I'll start the tour with the initial post on wednesday night (17th) at 7 p.m. EST, post on thursday night sametime, a..."
|What's He Up To Now?|
Monday, November 15, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: More Female Purple Finches of The Vermilon River: "Even though the female lacks the purple, she is still an attractive bird."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Bird's Nests of The Vermilon River: " Nest about the size of my palm The Birds at least re-cycle With the advent of late fall, the leaves are gone expos..."
With the advent of late fall, the leaves are gone exposing these nests. I have walked past all of them countless times on my way along the east track. I shot the old Raven photo in this area (see Blue Jays, Crows and Ravens post). And I tried to catch a shot of a rare hawk for the area here, which I did not get. They're sparrow nests I think because there were lots in the area. The second nest is about the size of my hand. If you know what they are let me known.
|Nest about the size of my palm|
|The Birds at least re-cycle|
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: More Purple Finches of The Vermilon River: "Male Purple Finch Female Purple Finch Here's Looking at Ya Sorry couldn't resist the third caption. I've had a bit of difficult..."
|Male Purple Finch|
|Female Purple Finch|
|Here's Looking at Ya|
Friday, November 12, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Purple Finches Of The Vermilon River: "Male Female Female Not only were the Purple Finches intermixed with House Finches but there were more females than males..."