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KSearl
12-30-2011, 01:45 PM
Hi Everyone,

I stopped by a small parking area near my house the other day to find that it was a actually a small conservation area called the Lamprey River Floodplain. There was a short trail, by no means a "hike", that went along the banks of Lamprey River. Even in this winter month, there were some cool things to see. There was tons of beaver activity, some Eastern Bluebirds, etc.

If you're interested, please check out my full trip report on my blog: http://livefreeandhikenh.blogspot.com/2011/12/some-beaver-activity-on-lamprey-river.html

Here are some of my favorite shots from the short trek:

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Beaver Stump

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More beaver activity

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Some cool fungus

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The Lamprey

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Eastern Bluebird...does anyone know if these guys go south for the winter?

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Older Beaver Activity

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Some tracks, I assume from a squirrel or chipmunk

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Green violet leaves...not sure why these haven't wilted for the winter.

Karl

Snow Miser
12-30-2011, 08:19 PM
Nice photos of the beaver activity! We have the bluebirds here in PA during the summer, but they seem to leave in the fall. I assume they go south, but not sure?

mtruman
12-31-2011, 06:31 AM
Wow, the little guys have been busy! I guess they are beavers after all ;). Nice pics. Love the one of the bluebird. Would have thought that they would have gone south. Hope they don't know something about this winter that we don't...

KathyC
12-31-2011, 10:16 AM
I Love the pictures, especially the fungus one. It's amazing what these little animals can do.
I never see bluebirds here, I need to get out more...

KSearl
01-03-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks everyone!

Bob - Someone mentioned in another forum that the Eastern Bluebirds sticking around until this time is not too uncommon. I'm sure with the warmer weather we've had, it probably prolongs it further.

Mark - The beavers were very busy. Almost every tree out there had some sort of chomping taken out of it. I'd love to see one in action!

Kathy - Thanks! They are really are amazing little animals!

Karl