Good morning on this beautiful, cloudy Wednesday! There is a chance of getting some showers, or thunderstorms, today. Thunderstorms we don’t need, that will just start more fires. Even with all the rain we had before it is super dry out there again, the fire hazard for us is extreme which is the highest rating on the chart. This area in the Boreal forest does dry out very quickly since we just don’t have much soil cover on those granite rocks. There are now 162 fires burning with 118 of them not under control, 12 are being held and 32 are under control. That’s from information late last evening, which is the most up to date, no updated info has been given yet today.
Slim never showed up all day yesterday which is rather odd. Perhaps he has been getting bored with no one to fight with, so he has gone looking for a fight somewhere else. He hasn’t been here yet this morning either. The chipmunks are really enjoying this, being able to gather peanuts with no squirrels around! They do however, fight among themselves now. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is chasing who. At one point this morning Coffee was chasing Scooter and Skamper came along and started chasing Coffee. The three of them in a row running around the deck, then suddenly Coffee and Scooter decide to run into one of the boxes but Skamper was right there too and all 3 went through the door of the box side by side! Oddly, Scooter was the first one back and was gone with his peanuts before Skamper got back.
Ricky has been the only gull around this morning, so he got himself a good feast without being chased away by the larger gulls. I went for a walk to the river yesterday, finally, after more than a week. It was so nice getting back down there again. I met a young lady and her 2 large dogs, usually do meet them when I’m down there. She’s still amazed at how quickly her one dog made friends with me, apparently she doesn’t make friends easily. Anyway, she told me there is a warning out for people using that trail due to the activity of 2 bears in the area. And she was a bit concerned about me being down there by myself all the time.
I usually carry bear spray with me, but didn’t yesterday since I couldn’t remember what I did with the holster for that thing. And I can’t just carry it, I need one hand for my cane, and one hand for my camera. I do have the camera around my neck, but I have to get at it quickly when something shows up. Believe me, a second counts between getting a picture or not. I need to keep that holster in the same spot all the time, which I will do from now on. But it was a beautiful walk. There was a pair of loons on the river, unfortunately not close enough for a picture. But they were having fun racing on the water, jumping and diving. Got pictures of a couple different butterflies and a dragonfly. Plus one wildflower.
Wildflowers are just not doing good this year, it has been too dry. That’s why the bears are a problem so early this year, the wild berry season was not good, and the berries were small, and that’s the main summer food for these big animals. I saw one large log that had been torn apart a bit by a bear looking for ants. I will admit, I don’t want to meet one of those big critters back there by myself, even with bear spray. Especially if it happens to be windy, unless the wind is blowing in the right direction. I confirmed this morning that there are now 8 chipmunks, this new one is an adult however. No wonder the peanuts are disappearing so fast. Hmm, this is a little longer than usual, makes up for not having my Monday morning post. Have a great day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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