Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I went looking for Mr. Heron the other day at his favorite log and fishing spot and instead I saw a bewildering sight. At first I thought it was a bunch of wood and twigs that had been caught up on a fallen log but when I looked a little closer at the dome like structure there was no denying that it could be nothing other then a beaver's lodge. "Where did that come from", I thought to myself. I had seen sight of what appeared to be a beaver in the pond not far from this part of the lake but I had decided it must be an otter. Yes there are beavers about 8kms down the trail in the creeks that run off into the lake but I have never seen one this close to the village. Mr. Beaver has decided to move to perhaps the busiest part of the entire lake. Directly in front of his lodge is the Sydenham Canoe and Kayak Club which will be bustling all summer with kids at camp and then not far from there is one of only two public boat launches. I am not sure that Mrs. Beaver will want to raise her family in such a hectic area. I think Mr. and Mrs. Beaver will be kicking themselves for moving here instead of investing in a lovely piece of swamp land down the trail a ways. Time will tell.
Friday, February 12, 2010
At first sight I could not understand why The Yarker Herons would choose to nest in the trees located next to a beaver's lodge. Beavers eat trees don't they? Scattered stumps surrounding the trees was surely proof that The Yarker Beavers were eating The Yarker Herons out of house and home quite literally, wasn't it? Hence, I concluded that Yarker Herons are SOOOO NOT SMART! To prove my hypothesis I decide to do some further research and quickly came to realize that herons often choose to nest in the dead trees caused by beaver dam flooding. Apparently beavers are not interested in the flooded trees and the herons are happy to move right in to begin gathering sticks to build their nests. A theory set forth by Yarkerite Sara (Hunnybuns) Montgomery hypothesizes that perhaps The Yarker Herons use the beaver's sticks, now stripped of bark to build their nests. Now if this were true I could be persuaded to conclude that The Yarker Herons are indeed inherently SMART. Unfortunately with no supporting data or anecdotal evidence of such a collaboration between the two species I have decided to make this comic poking fun at The Yarker Herons lack of SMARTNESS if only to amuse myself and to quite possibly bug the heck out of Hunnybuns: )
Thanks for the pictures of the nests Sara.