When I went to J.E. to check on the cameras I saw things expected and unexpected.
The two most notable unexpected things were the very dark, tall, and large coyote that would get his photo taken at Stand #2, and the second surprise was that the beavers had raised the dam by at least 18”, which of course raised the water level right up to the road.
Not surprising was that the amphibians were taking full advantage of this new environment. I was serenaded by frogs the whole time I was there. I was also serenaded by the forest’s premier songster the hermit thrush. Easily the most beautiful voice of any of our native songbirds. You can hear it here.
Not surprising was to see the brook trout taking full advantage of the pond. I saw one that was about 7″. He or she was probably somewhere between 6 and 8 years old. One raised in a hatchery that old would be 20″+ and 4 or more pounds. It will grow much faster in the pond because of simple math. Less energy expended, not fighting the stronger current of the brook, not spending calories sitting in colder water, and more calorie intake because of the increase in insect and amphibian life.
The Rhodora and lady slippers were blooming everywhere.
There was a considerable amount of moose and turkey sign and some deer and grouse (partridge) sign as well. I got several photos of the deer and turkeys along with a raccoon who doesn’t seem to know that he is supposed to be nocturnal.
The mosquitoes are out in full force.