Along the Natchez Trace

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another fine day....

It's been a long day...  a drive down to Houlton (60 miles each way)... left here around 6am...  got back around 10:30......   then I gave 2 tours...  finally got home just before 4:30.

I did check my game cameras...  
A mama moose and her calf...  heading across a field.  Look at how much "in step" they are.... the leg placement is almost identical...   baby must really have to trot to keep up with mama's long legs!

This white-tail deer was alone....  wonder if she has a fawn tucked away in the weeds somewhere?

I gave 2 tours today.  The first one was a group of 4 visitors.  I learned that they were all siblings...  the eldest was 76.  He had been stationed at Loring AFB in the late 1950s but had never been inside the Caribou Air Station...  way too top secret as this is where the nuclear bombs were housed.

I really enjoyed taking them around to see what is out there now and hear him talk about what this area was like back then.

After that tour I met up with 2 women who were doing bird surveys for the National Guard.  
Linda, on the left, is a forestry specialist as well as a naturalist and biologist.  I met her 5 years ago as she lived here on this refuge and did bird surveys, water studies and various other projects.  I worked with her several days each week and we became good friends.  I have really fond memories of those times...  a few times we used the canoe to do surveys...  what a great time.

Stacy is on the right.  She has her own consulting company and is currently working on a project for the National Guard.  She told me  about another project she's working on...  gathering data to see what effect feral cats have on the bird population.  She was interested in the game cameras as that may be a way for her to gather information.  Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

It was nearly 4:30 by the time I got back to the rig.  Bill was just getting home...  he spent all afternoon doing maintenance (and repairs) on the backhoe.  It's only around 7:30 pm as I write, but I think bedtime will come fairly early tonight.

Here's one more picture...
Can you tell what it is?  You can see at the bottom of the shot that the Bushnell camera snapped this last evening at 10:18 pm.  We have coyotes here, and it may be one...  but the stance and the silhouette makes me think it's a red fox.  I can't see the color, but there are no grey fox here.

That's All For Today!


  1. I've noticed little boys walk just like their dad's walk.

  2. When that camera flash went off I'll bet that Fox thought he was a goner!

  3. This looks like such an idyll. I'm sure there's plenty of work, but some of it seems like a dream come true.

  4. I often wonder what kinds of wild life my cats see out the windows during the night. If I had one of those cameras, I would have photographic proof!

  5. Oh the eyes on the fox ... Certainly is a fluffy rascal ...

    What a fun 'job' you have ...