Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Autumn Leaves, Roadside Anthropology
So I did indeed command Lee Valley Tools to deliver a critter cam to Old Route 5. It has been in place more than a week, at a trailside spot well tracked by deer, coyote and bobcat. Alas the only images we have to date are of the two-footed creatures checking on what’s been captured on camera. Meanwhile, as autumn leaves begin to drop bird migration is in full swing. Small waves of warblers and sparrows drop by en route to Central America. Loud honking marks the southbound passage of Canada geese. Signature wing-whistles betray the morning presence of surf scoters on the Great Bras d’Or. A big, handsome northern goshawk – a good bird for these parts – flew across our bow and may have been the culprit responsible for the scattering of grouse feathers spotted on the trail the next morning.