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A Furry Flurry

River Otters came out at dusk last week.

River Otter Takes a Dirt Bath
Otter takes a dirt bath

Don was out on the “observation deck” starting the barbeque when he heard animals screeching.  He called to me and said it sounded like raccoons fighting.

Snuggling River Otters
Snuggling River Otters

The camera revealed that it was river otters…but they aren’t fighting…it’s spring you know!

Cavorting Otters
Splish Splash

Again, the low light and auto-focus techniques of my excellent photo-journalism skills show just exactly how fast these critters move!

What a blur these river otters can cause!

Photos were taken in the Alsea River, below Blackberry Campground, in Tidewater, Oregon.

Notes from the photo-journalist (loosely named):

I’ve been fighting with a my computer for a week.  Apparently, accidentally clicking on one of those facebook ads on the right side of the facebook screen, installed some adware on my computer.  The way I knew that is because ads started showing up in different places in facebook (like on the left side and the middle of the facebook screen).  I did some research and found out that facebook doesn’t put ads anywhere but on the right side so I must have been infected by adware.  Don got rid of the adware with some software that cleaned the computer and reset the browser settings.  While it did get rid of the extra ads, I started having problems with another blog I’m working on.  They suggested that I should install IE10.  How naïve I am!  I did as was suggested and that blog works well again.  However, I get a new problem that not even the Microsoft Tech Support team has seen.  Well, I guess that shouldn’t surprise me.  After all, we are all beta-testers of Microsoft…except for the few fortunate who can afford a quality product like a Mac.  🙂

The Beavers Have Landed!

I saw one of the beavers dragging a big limb through the water this morning.  I grabbed my camera but he’d disappeared by the time I made it back to the window.  So I watched and either he or another appeared near our bank.  I’ve seen 3 at one time on other days.

To my surprise he started coming up into the yard!  I opened the window so I wouldn’t have the glass to interfere with my auto-focusing “skills” – hahaha – Although the low light interfered plenty.

Beaver Coming Up the Alsea River Bank
Coming Up the Alsea River Bank

When he got near the house, I think he must have smelled me. I understand they can’t see very well but they have a very keen sense of smell.

Beaver Climbing Alsea River Bank
Coming For Another Snack – Alsea River

He raised up on his hind legs, sniffing the air, then turned and ran (waddled) back down the bank. He went into the water and smacked the surface with his tail as he dove under!  Yup, he sniffed danger and he warned his buddies.

Beaver Running Away
Bye-Bye Beaver

But there’s no radio transmitter on his tail so he’s not one of the nuisance beavers that were relocated to the Alsea River by OSU.  That was a couple years ago, so maybe this is a descendant?

Oh yeah, we saw the head of the elk herd today too.

Bull Elk - Alsea River
Bull Elk – Nice Rack Buddy!

Later, when we drove by again, the two bulls were sparring.

I got a photo but it was too fuzzy to post.  Man, you gotta be quick with wildlife!