By Ruth Ann Eastman
We look forward to spring! The bears will awaken soon and be very hungry, so please put all bird feeders away until December. This way, the bears will not become used to having bird food, which for them is fast food. Bears have wonderful memories as to where the nearest fast food is located. Please do your part to keep our bears healthy and away from our homes.
Richard Sachs saw a pair of migrating mergansers and mallard ducks in West Cove November 21.
Amy Hoffman had a snowshoe hare enjoying the last vestiges of her garden in Spring Glen the same day.
A short-tailed weasel (ermine) entertained Dick Hocker November 24. The hyperactive ermine flitted back and forth from the front step to the garden.
Four loons were spotted in the middle of the lake November 29 by Charlie Taber and Charlie McCarthy.
A mother moose and her youngster were seen off Glenwood November 24 by Amy Hoffman. That same day, Kevin and Karen Tombs were walking in the woods behind their house when they saw a mother moose and a young moose.
Opossums have been seen by Ward Stoops, and Ernie and Marilyn Mullen.
Bernice Hansen and some of her neighbors saw a great horned owl several times in the South Cove area.
A curious mink was spotted cavorting in Marilyn Lyons yard December 27.
Gabe Matraia found some interesting and unidentified tracks in the woods behind his house January 1.
A pair of pileated woodpeckers was doing a woodpecker dance, circling a large tree in Jamie Walsh’s yard January 3.
The Koesters, Blunts and Fairweathers have had huge flocks (50-100 daily) of redpolls at their bird feeders. The red poll shave voracious appetites.
A mallard duck waddled up from Eastman Brook into Ernie and Marilyn Mullen’s yard February 2. The duck returned for several days and enjoyed the food under their bird feeder. The duck then flew back down to the stream.
Rae Tober, Toby and Marty Kurtz, Judith Danzoll and Amelia Ihlo have recently seen barred owls harassing chipmunks and squirrels in their yards.
A very large black, common raven was at Cindy Adamic’s birdfeeder February 11.
As always, I look forward to hearing “What’s Out There.” Please contact me at 603-863-2312 or ruthanneastman at aol.com.