Sunday, September 11, 2011
The top experience of my week would be my sighting on Thursday. On my morning walk as I was passing the pond, I was startled by something large slithering through the grass and plopping into the pond, the sound repeated almost immediately. I knew they were too big to be snakes or turtles. As I looked across the water a huge smile crossed my face as out of the ripples two young otters popped their heads up and started huffing and snorting at me as they swished and swirled around in the water. Then I heard a third animal snorting and here came mom. The three hung together, sort of hiding behind the tip of a pine tree downed across the water. They held their heads up and sniffed the air, as curious about me as I was about them. The babies would swim around a bit then go back to mom. We checked each other out for a while and then the babies swam over towards an old beaver lodge in the dam. I walked that way but they disappeared, I think they must have gone up inside the lodge, one minute they were there, then they were gone. I always hope they'll stick around whenever I see them, but its rare to spot them at all and always in the past its been a one time thing. They are gone in search of food or another watery place to swim, play and hunt.