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Entries from April 29th, 2008

Turkey Nest at Radnor Lake: 13 Eggs

April 29th, 2008 · 17 Comments · nesting, Radnor Lake, turkey

Good grief, how did they all fit inside her? I still cannot figure that one out. Nature is chock full o’surprises, that’s for sure. Today I’d planned a typical, customary dusk hike – until the gathering clouds spurred me to check out the radar. Showers were obviously on the way, so if I was going […]

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Radnor Lake: Dusk-to-Dark Hike

April 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · night hiking, owls

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 This evening’s hike was yet another unique experience. It was fantastic! I’ll say it again: nature remains full of surprises, regardless of how often I return to the same location to hike again and again, year after year! As I write, the movie Transformers is on. Not bad: lots of exciting […]

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Solved: T’was a Northern River Otter

April 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments · mink, otter, photography, Radnor Lake

I have finally come to a rock-solid conclusion as to the species of the elongate mammal I filmed as it ran up a steep hill along the South Cove trail at Radnor Lake. It was an otter — specifically, a northern river otter — for certain. The giveaway was the tail! I came very close […]

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Northern River Otter vs. American Mink

April 3rd, 2008 · 14 Comments · mink, otter

Mink are sometimes confused with otters. The most obvious difference is size; the mink is slightly smaller than a domestic cat, while an otter is considerably larger — closer in size to a medium-sized dog. The tails differ as well. Otters have a stout tapering tail, horizontally flattened, whilst mink have a more cylindrical and […]

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Is This a Mink or a River Otter?

April 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments · mink, otter, Radnor Lake

I would be very interested in your feedback here; I am not sure whether this is a mink or a river otter. This elongate mammal was seen scurrying up a steep hill on Sunday, March 30, 2008. I am so glad the movement happened to catch my attention, but I sure wish I could have […]

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Nesting Canada Goose: More Video

April 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · canada goose, Radnor Lake

These very short videos of a Canada Goose nesting at Radnor Lake in Nashville, Tennessee were shot on Thursday, March 27, 2008. Sadly, the goose and most of the eggs had disappeared by March 31; it appears the goose was taken by a predator. Video 1 Video 2

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