Back to a spot I enjoyed so much in 2014, Hyder, AK. I got here on Saturday. The salmon had not started running strong so there were few in the creek. Bears had been feeding elsewhere where the pickings were better. I went over to Fish Creek Sunday afternoon and soon after I arrived a black bear sow came through with her two cubs. She didn’t stick around long and the cubs were not easy to capture, they stuck close to the sow when they could and the brusk is very overgrown and thick.
We did see another black bear one morning for just a very few minutes, it seemed rather tentative and didn’t stick around long.
After several days of very brief sightings of black bears (maybe one per day) some of us early birds got to see a brown bear come down the creek. Not as early as some I arrived just in the nick of time. This boar is one I saw 4 years ago and is called Dawg Bear.
There is a small lagoon near the start of the board walk, on the opposite side from Fish Creek. There is a creek feeding through it and beavers have decided the small outlet would be an excellent spot for a dam. The rangers have broken the dams up but the beavers persist.
The really fun thing for me about the lagoon is that there are at least a couple of otter families that frequent it. One time there were 6 or 7 otters including a few pups there. I’ll continue to watch and photograph them.
Another benefit of the dead fish the bears partially eat is that it attracts the mink. Mink are very elusive and fast but one morning we were able to watch a mink drag pieces of a fish into the brush and finally the rest of the carcass.
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Tetons visit ended on a very good note. I didn’t see any moose, but saw a fox with 2 prairie dogs, and 2 otters swimming in the Gros Ventre River. They were too far away to photograph, though. Later in the evening I took a drive in hopes of capturing a good sunset and was really rewarded.
Tuesday afternoon I found the local (to the campground) bull moose and got a good variety of photographs of him. That night was very clear (though very cold) so I went out to take some night shots. The Tetons by starlight are impressive and when I looked to the east there was the Milky Way. I sure don’t see that at home in FL so I was thrilled to capture it.
Drove up to Yellowstone today, to Madison campground. Saw quite a bit of snow in the woods and on the side of the road, a reminder of a harsh winter. Can’t get any signal at all at the campground so will have to drive 14-16 miles to get online. I was assigned a site in the first loop, where all the workers are so it should be pretty quiet. Site is a paved pull through that is really nice and level. It will take the dogs a bit of time to realize that there is no point in bursting out the door to catch a prairie dog (our last campsite had a resident PD who wasn’t at all upset that we had moved in temporarily).
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Jan. 22, 2013, I took a couple of fellow Casita owners from TN to one of my favorite places in the area. The wildlife park has many inhabitants, be they furred, feathered or have fins they are all interesting to see! The mammals include but are not limited to Bobcats, Panthers, Bears, Fox and the manatees. Birds of all sort reside there, some permanent residents due to injuries, others come and go. The park regularly rehabs a wide variety of critters (out of public view for the most part). I’ve included some of the photos taken on this particular visit and they are a tiny sampling of what I’ve taken on my many visits. The manatee photos were taken from the viewing platform that overlooks where the Homosassa Spring run flows into the Homosassa river so there are “wild” manatees rather than permanent residents. More photos are on my website, http://www.borderbrae.com.