Out and About

Yesterday’s snow pretty much melted off today.  I took a good walk back from the B & P Variety.  Along the way I saw a weasel-type critter but that’s about it.  I didn’t have my camera so just use your imagination.

Steve and I drove down Peffley’s road today to check on the docks.  They appear to have moved from where he left them.  There were a bunch of mergansers down there and a bunch of golden eyes on our end of the big hole.  I’ll try to get photos yet this week. 

We could hear what I thought was a pileated woodpecker today.  It turned out to be a flicker.  We get redbellied woodpeckers at our Iowa house–they look a lot like a flicker–but the flickers up here are big and yellowish.  We’ll end up with a ton of them around Camp.

They sound like a jackhammer when they peck.

They sound like a jackhammer when they peck.

I walked around some more looking for interesting stuff.  That’s the nice thing about this blog:  I’m trying to look at things through your eyes and am not taking things for granted as much.  Behind Steve’s upper maintenance bldg. I found these odd bones.
We're pretty sure they're grouse.

We're pretty sure they're grouse.

In front of Steve’s lower maintenance bldg I found this odd creature.
Busy getting boats ready.

Busy getting boats ready.

We keep hearing the drumming grouse.  I walked way into the bush (behind Steve in the above photo).  Finally a female grouse flew into the tree above me and I was able to get her picture (it’s becoming clear that I’ll need a super-duper camera if I’m going to be any kind of blogger).
It was way up high, eating something off the branches.

It was way up high, eating something off the branches.

Speaking of grouse, I made a tasty grouse stirfry for dinner the other night.  The ruffed grouse are all white meat and taste like chicken (to me).  The spruce grouse are all dark meat and taste a bit like pine needles.  I made a bison/broccoli/mushroom scramble for breakfast yesterday.  Last night we had pizza and I put spicy bear sausage in the sauce.  Tonight is eye of round moose steaks.  I guess when I adopted my mom’s rule of “you kill it and clean it, I’ll cook it” I never knew what I was getting into!

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