Otters doin’ what they ought-ter, beavers hard at work

Posted Nov. 29, 2011, at 10:59 a.m.
No beavers to see, but their work is evident.
Dave Small
No beavers to see, but their work is evident.
A winter moth at rest.
Dave Small
A winter moth at rest.
Loch Ness monster? Nope. Just otters.
Dave Small
Loch Ness monster? Nope. Just otters.
Otters at work.
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Otters at work.
A fine day at the otter races.
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A fine day at the otter races.
Otters looking for a meal.
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Otters looking for a meal.
Gray jays go by many names.
Dave Small
Gray jays go by many names.
The gray jay goes by many names.
Dave Small
The gray jay goes by many names.
An American robin at Acadia National Park.
Dave Small
An American robin at Acadia National Park.

With November well underway, Deb and I decided to hike the Witch Hole carriage road at Acadia National Park. We wanted to check up on a beaver that we saw in Breakneck Pond last New Year’s Eve day. We didn’t see the beaver, although we did see a freshly beaver- chewed tree … big, huh?

A little farther up the road at Half Moon Pond we saw some river otters and thought we ought-ter share the pics. We never got very close to them, but it was a treat to watch them circle the pond in search of a meal. The American robin greeted us shortly after we had seen the otters. It was a great six mile walk on a fantastic day.

A hike on a side trail off the 24-00-00 road produced an opportunity to picture a winter moth and a gray jay. Some other names might be Canada jay, gorbie, moose bird, camp robber and whiskey-jack! I’ll bet you might know some additional names.

Maine outdoors has a lot to offer, enjoy.

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