What a great day to be in the Fells!
I just spent 5 hours at our Long Pond sites: a couple of hours with Kathy at a respectable distance + I filmed Kathy!
Cross your fingers that the video snippets are usable as it's always hard to film in the forest. And then I went to test our survey trees and collected the first arthropod abundance data of the season. Yeah! :-)
BTW, Kathy: (1) It's so great to see you! (2) Did it feel comfortable distance-wise? (3) Thanks a ton for allowing me to film you!
Quick note: I changed 2 of our arthropod survey trees
on the high site:
* the gray birch which phenology we'll keep monitoring, but we're stopping recording insect here. It's not doing well. I moved to a maple tree close to our first witch-hazel.
* I moved the survey of the red oak, which we also keep in our phenology monitoring. The branch is not easily accessible and jeopardizes the survey. So, I moved to a nearby red oak, cross our first witch-hazel (looking in the direction of the pond).
Everything will be reflected both in our dynamic site map
, and our in our plant visitor protocol
I'll also do a webinar for our arthropod abundance survey (which uses Caterpillars Count protocol), after the one next week (which is the insect photo survey webinar).Now, about that sighting!
😲 I was recording arthropod abundance on that new maple when I heard some sort of whining mixed with a commotion up in some of the trees between that maple and the trail. There, on a very tall oak up close to the crown, was a sort of an opening in the main trunk. Whining-whining-whining... resistance... 🐾 and there was a mother fisher cat trying to keep something from getting out of that opening. A little muzzle popped and a kit showed up. She pushed it 'inside, but then she decided that they had to move. I think she grabbed it in her mouth, and she moved along a branch to another location where maybe there is another potential home. Tough to make sense of what was happening at this distance + my main camera is broken. Instead, I have this slow backup camera (sigh), but I think that I got a shot that the mum that is identifiable, and maybe there is even one blurry shot with the little one.
What a sighting! What a precious moment this was for me :-)
Have a great rest of the week!
Cheers, - Claire