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  • Silke Schmidt posted a new picture

    One thing that’s fascinating about Kamana is to get new perspectives on things; so today I decided to get a new view on the surroundings of my sit spot by trying out my new infrared camera. Quite interesting results. Digital Camera

  • Trish McLellan posted a new picture

    Strange winter weather as usual. Today was unusually mild, 8 degrees celcius! Last week it was minus 22. In northwestern Ontario this has been the bitterest cold winter since the 1930′s. We have also had an incredible amount of snow. It has been a really tough winter for the animals and that’s probably why they seemed to be celebrating the nice…[Read more]

    • martin hanke

      Hello Trish,

      in opposite to your winter we had the warmest winter as far back i can remember!
      Only a few days with frost during the whole day and only one day with snow. Today we had 21 degrees celsius.
      The birds are already beginning with nest-building activities.

      Martin

      8 months, 2 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      The weather pattern is similar in southwestern Ontario. Trish, the warm day you speak of I was in my winter boots, shorts & no sleeves, running around in the snow with my dog. What a thrill! I even got a bit of colour! :D

      8 months, 1 week ago
  • Again wild boar!

    Yesterday, on my way to the sit spot, i saw the sounder of wild boar again, I reported of some weeks ago in “Story of the day”.

    Now there where fresh born young boar with them. The sow was very nervous, as she took notice of me and gave me a deep, bloddcurdling humming. I was in a yellow, made a strategic withdrawal and forgo…[Read more]

  • Suzanne Matheson posted a new picture

    This was a sad discovery…I’m wondering how this Red-tailed Hawk died??? (the tracks around the bird are mine) Crows sometimes mob hawks … but do they kill them? Someone suggested an owl?? There were no signs that the hawk had been pecked at or otherwise messed with in any way. Could the hawk have hit the tree and fallen to his death? [Read more]

  • Markus Weber posted a new picture

    a close-up DSC04999

  • Markus Weber posted a new picture

    Today I saw this at the pond near the first gelatinous mass. It seemed that anyone smashed this mass. As i took this photo suddenly a scent of fox came in my nose. DSC05001

  • Markus Weber posted a new picture

    a close-up DSC04954

  • Markus Weber posted a new picture

    On my way to the SitSpot there is a little pond. Nearby I saw this gelatinous mass. I also seen a thing like this last year near a spring at my SitSpot – but those was suddenly gone. DSC04953

  • What a wonderful morning at the sit spot. First “real” bird concert of the season – spring’s here, yay!! Blackbirds, chaffinches, starlings, several kinds of titmice, an entire gang of jay birds and even a tawny owl (brown owl) joining the happy choir.

  • Suzanne Matheson posted a new picture

    This image shows the length of his/her tail, ending about 1 cm from the bottom of the photo. I read that the tail of the Cooper’s is longer than the Sharp-shinned. Can anyone tell from this photo which bird it is more likely to be? It was sitting in a transitional area, very low to the ground. It flew off in pursuit of another bird. There was…[Read more]

  • Suzanne Matheson posted a new picture

    Today on the way to my secondary sit spot I met this hawk. I can’t decide whether it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk? It is larger than a robin, close to the size of a Common Crow. Perhaps a female Sharp-shinned? The tail was very square while sitting here. When it flew away I didn’t get an opportunity to see if the tail remained…[Read more]

    • Trish McLellan

      Great photographs Suzanne!

      8 months, 3 weeks ago
    • Brian Sechler

      Hi Suzanne,

      I’m no expert but judging by the size of the head relative to the body and the general size you describe I would guess a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Great photo! Peace be with you.

      -Brian-

      4 months, 1 week ago
    • Brian Sechler

      Hi Suzanne,

      I’m no expert but judging by the size of the head relative to the body and the general size you describe I would guess a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Great photo! Peace be with you.

      -Brian-

      4 months, 1 week ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      Thank you for this, Brian! I’ll take another look at my resources with the head size in mind :)

      4 months, 1 week ago
  • Trish McLellan posted a new picture
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  • Trish McLellan posted a new picture

    The deer at my sit spot are looking healthy despite the harsh winter we have had. In the last month we have had 50-60 cm of snowfall. The deer are feeding on twigs, bark and pine needles now. deer

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  • Finally back to my sit spot after months of inactivity due to some nasty twitches of life that kept me from going for quite a while. Feels so good to be out in nature again, with spring just around the corner. Do y’all know that “springy” scent in the air? Love it…!!! :-) First bees and bumblebees were out today, first brimstone butterfly…[Read more]

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  • Kat Koch posted an update 9 months, 1 week ago

    Hey Everyone! Did you receive our email regarding the changes in Student Services? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. And don’t let this detract from your studies. If you need support, email us!

  • Per Eisenman posted a new picture

    Squirrel and vole? Wood mouse? image

    • Kat Koch

      Next time put a penny down. Or a lighter:)

      9 months, 2 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      That’s a great tip, Kat! Per, don’t you just love finding tracks in the snow?!
      Yesterday I came across a track similar to your vole or wood mouse that went on and on — across the surface of the snow, right out in the open with no cover, straight for long pieces and then curving and bending, and bending around objects, then straight for long…[Read more]

      9 months, 1 week ago
    • Trish McLellan

      I love finding winter tracks as well. While snow shoeing I came across what looked like the bounding leaps of a wolf traveling through deep snow. I followed the tracks for a while until they disappeared into the heavy brush. It’s so exciting trying to decipher the story the animal is telling with their tracks. The wolf bounding tracks were heading…[Read more]

      9 months, 1 week ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      Trish, did you get a sense of how far apart the bounding tracks were? I ask because I came across some as well — they were the distance of the length of my forearm. I don’t think we have wolves in our conservation area here — at least, I’ve never heard them howling — but I’m pretty sure we have coyote. I’m wondering if they would make…[Read more]

      9 months ago
    • Trish McLellan

      The bounding tracks were quite far apart, about 3-4 feet. The entire track (body impression and paw prints) was about 3 feet. A friend found a wolf kill site not far from where I saw the tracks. And two winters ago while snowshoeing in the area I heard wolves howling very close by. That was thrilling!

      9 months ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      Thank you, Trish, for sharing the details of the bounding tracks you found! I can imagine the thrill you must have had hearing wolves howling close by. A mixture of emotions?

      8 months, 4 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      There is more I would like to share here, but I keep getting error messages, so I will try again another day…

      8 months, 4 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      Trish, in terms of bird language, what did the wolf howling sound like? Was it a sound that put alarm into you, or more like singing? Could you tell, were they preparing for a hunt?

      8 months, 4 weeks ago
    • Trish McLellan

      Suzanne, it was an incredible experience being so close to a wild wolf pack. I was snowshoeing with a friend and her two dogs when we heard a wolf off in the distance howling. We listened for a few minutes and then the excited yipping and howling of the rest of the pack began. It sounded like they were very close to us. It was a beautiful sound,…[Read more]

      8 months, 4 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      That’s totally awesome, Trish! Thank you for sharing your experience with me. :) We were in wolf country just this past weekend. Didn’t hear or see wolves, but found a deer kill and the owner of the inn suggested that it could be by wolf. I was trying to determine if the animal ate the deer from the rump or the belly because I’ve learned that…[Read more]

      8 months, 3 weeks ago
    • Trish McLellan

      It’s always exciting to find a wolf kill site! I have not seen any this winter but a few winters ago got to explore about three sites. We also have cougars up here. They are very elusive though. I know two people who have seen them in the area. Also, someone who found a deer carcass in a tree on their property! Sure sign of a cougar kill. The…[Read more]

      8 months, 2 weeks ago
    • Suzanne Matheson

      That is an awesome find! Thank you for sharing! MNR denies the existence of cougar here too — and perhaps they do so for the reason you just mentioned — safer for the cougar. The curious thing is that the definitive proof I spoke of comes from the MNR. A study done from 1991 to 2010, published 2011. In case you are interested you can find…[Read more]

      8 months, 1 week ago
  • I ate squirrel a few weeks ago. I couldn’t resist. I found a fresh road kill and grilled a leg over a fire. It was delicious, a bit like chicken but with a nuttier flavor.

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    • Kat Koch

      Dark meat?

      9 months, 2 weeks ago
    • Per Eisenman

      It was thigh but I think it had a texture and taste a bit more like light chicken meat. It was very tender.

      9 months, 2 weeks ago
    • Brian Sechler

      Wow! Impressive. I’ve eaten squirrel and I nearly threw up. Especially when the tail tickled my throat.

      4 months, 1 week ago
  • Still plodding along slowly. It was interesting to be reminded that the “sit spot,” while in a sense a specific spot you sit at, is also a large area, perhaps a few acres around where you normally sit.

  • Stillness- late at night, in the cold, there are just the stars and the silence. The cold air almost thick with a booming silence. The stars swing slowly overhead.

  • martin hanke posted a new picture

    Still waiting for winter!

    The region where i live is one of Germanys warmest and we are still waiting for winter. I took this picture last sunday. It shows my secret spot seen from north. As you see – even the gras is still green and not brown from frost.
    My anchor point is at the middlest of the three thicker trees in the center of the picture. [Read more]

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