Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Dam It!

Baron and I had gone for a hike a few  springs back  at one of our favorite spots. It was the old iron mine ponds, now a WMA (Wildlife Management Area) called the Goethite. It's was a great place for a dog to romp and swim without needing to be leashed. I could also get in some birding. The ponds were  connected by a tiny stream.

On this particular day, however, we met a roadblock. A culvert underneath a shallow spillway connected two of the ponds, which we intended to circle. It seems some local residents had blocked the culvert with sticks and mud and then proceeded to build a small dam across the spillway. The net effect was to raise the water level in the pond by about a foot and discourage Troutbirder from continuing around the pond. He didn't want to get his new hiking shoes wet, as the spillway was covered by several inches of running water, and quite muddyBaron says, "Come on Boss! Whatcha waiting for?"
Troutbirder says, "Dam engineers!"


As you can see from the blog header,  Baron's successor Miss Lily also liked to check out beaver dams.....


14 comments:

  1. Fun to watch them in action.They did it to a trout stream but it silted in and the conservation opened it up

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  2. Those local residents are pretty determined, it seems. :-)

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  3. For a minute there I thought I was reading a truck driver's blog.

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  4. Hi TB - clever locals I say ... cheers Hilary

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  5. Dam good! I like that last picture of the beaver.

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  6. You just be careful about disparaging our national icon. ;)

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  7. That last photo is great. Looks like the beaver was busy making your life more difficult!

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  8. Those Wildlife Engineers can make some trouble!!

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  9. You have to admire their engineering prowess if not the results.

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  10. Initially, I was thinking "what goofs did that?"...then I realized that it was beaver! Hahahaha! Troublemakers!

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  11. I loved seeing pictures of Baron again !

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  12. beavers are great builders! My cousins dogs were attacked by a beaver last week, they both had to be stitched up :(

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