we were having a quiet morning, enjoying our oatmeal, when all of a sudden my wife put her bowl on the floor and jumped up.. this fella was out by our car and headed our way. She got a little excited ( thus the blurry picture) as he got closer to the house.. It dawned on me that I should take down the suet feeders that I just filled last night.. but they were already gone! He must have been around for a while.. We watched as he walked into the woods and retrieved the second of the two feeders. He probably ripped the first on apart in no time. The second one was a sturdier version ( and more expensive) designed to keep out the squirrels. But it was no match for his strength. Soon he was munching on a snack of suet. He walked around the house and eyed the feeder that is on the back deck.. I guess that it is good that I don’t have steps built yet – or that would have been gone too!
We thought that we just might have to call school and tell them that we were trapped by a bear and would not be making it in on time.. but, after about 10 minutes or so, he headed off slowly, and we felt that it would be safe to get to the car. I know that he can run fast, but the way that he ambled around the house got me thinking that this guy really understands and appreciates life at 6 mph 🙂
Without traveling too far, we have been treated to a variety of wildlife sightings this week.. We also enjoyed mountain pies! On Tuesday we did a local 4 mile walk around neighboring Indian Lake. Along the way we spotted two young deer less than 15 yards from the road. They did not have spots but they were on the small side.. perhaps they were yearlings? They were totally content to let us stand there and watch as they foraged through the thicket.
On Wednesday we took the kayaks to Brady’s Lake, a 2 mile long lake tucked away at the end of a 3 mile dirt road not too far from our home. Last year we saw an eagle at the lake, and this time we made it a point to paddle to the back end where we saw an immature eagle perched on a branch next to the nest. From time to time it called out. We were able to paddle close and just simply sit in our boats and observe, hoping that one of the adults would return, but daylight was waning, so we had to head back …
And then this past weekend we went to Lackawana State Park and camped – a celebration of our 7th wedding anniversary 🙂 On Friday evening the park staff showed a movie about Eagles, and then on Saturday morning we joined a group kayak / bird watching group. We were treated to watching an osprey diving for fish along with great blue herons and various song birds. We also startled some deer who were drinking at the waters edge. On Saturday evening, a local game warden came to the park and gave a presentation about trapping and tagging bears. This is a topic of interest for us since we have had a visiting bear at our home. We wrapped up the camping trip with a second paddle on Sunday morning, again seeing the blue herons..
It was quite a week and a great way to spend our anniversary!
Well, what would one expect when moving to Bear Creek Township? While I was off exploring Monhegan Island, my wife sent me this pic. Apparently, this guy showed up around 8 am and hung around the house for a while.. then he headed up the hill toward the neighbor at the end of our drive. We had a bear visit us last summer as well, but he was much smaller.. he was on our back deck.. Yesterday morning we saw a doe with her fawn, and last night, while kayaking on Brady’s Lake, we saw a very active beaver who slapped his tail and dove at least 4 times.. he was a big one! We are really enjoying this living in the country!