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Lincoln, Baby Chipmunks, and Out on the Water - UPDATE June 17, 2022

Lincoln

After being gone for 12 days, yearling Lincoln is back and was the highlight of the day. Always good to see him.

Chipmunk babyChipmunk baby Chipmunk babyChipmunk baby

A few days ago, a 1½-inch diameter burrow I’ve been watching showed us something I’ve not seen before. Mike Johnson spotted two chipmunks lying down together outside it—two babies hanging by the entrance. They were nearly adult size. If I’d seen them anywhere else, I’d have thought they were adults. They popped down the hole when they spotted us. I waited quietly. Soon, one emerged inch by inch three quarters of its way out. Click. Then it turned around for a different look standing over its not-very-visible hole. Click. Then a nose was at its feet. I waited for a clearer look at the two and didn’t get it. The second one popped out and the first one leaped out of the picture. Still, it was nice to see them in their unblemished beauty of youth, knowing that they were young ones that grow bigger than I’d realized before they roam far from their burrows. No wonder I’ve never seen half-grown chipmunks running around.

LoonLoon

Pontoon Scott w SpencerPontoon Scott w Spencer Canadian Tiger SwallowtailCanadian Tiger Swallowtail

Today, getting ready for the Black Bear Field Courses to start in a couple weeks or so, Scott, Spencer, and I took the pontoon boat out for a spin. Beautiful sun with a pair of loons in the bay ignoring us as we drifted closer. A loon near shore had no hesitation about putting its head underwater in very shallow water with us nearby clicking a camera. On the shore by the dock when we came in, the first Canadian Tiger Swallowtail I’ve seen this year was waiting in nice light.

Aspen seed on Woods LakeAspen seed on Woods Lake Eastern PhoebeEastern Phoebe

A couple days ago, I saw another thing I seldom see—fluffy aspen seeds so abundant that they looked like a blizzard (no camera). Shortly after, I noticed that the lake looked like it was covered with ice (aspen seeds) where a light wind had packed them together on my side of the lake. I clicked a picture. Shortly, the wind made waves that broke up the patch.

The eastern phoebe pair is still bringing insects to their babies in their nest on a board under the third floor deck.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center


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