CAMPGROUND HAPPENINGS - February 18th, 2018


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Notes Of Interest and News

Yesterday we graded the snow on all the roads and the wind rows pushed back with the loader. We haven't had much snow so far this winter. The side of the hills west facing are bare and the grass is showing. The number of doe's in the camp is crazy. We have seen at least 11 at one time and they are always in the campground. This morning we went to the Hadashville hall and helped peel potatoes for their perogy sales. The upper gate will be closed from now till spring. A NOTE! We live on site so if anyone is planning on coming out, you will have to call, email or facebook us. Seems the GPS for the road to the campground off the highway is wrong, it's not even showing it as a paved road but a trail.


Events

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Climate

There hasn't been any real amounts of snow in the this winter. We have about 16 inches (40 cm) of snow on the ground. This week the temperatures were more in the normal range of -7 and -16. Todays temperatures were -23 and high of -11 so far.



RIVER LEVELS

-   0'- Being Normal Summer/Winter Low, Good Canoeing starts at Level 1. Tubing and Canoeing stops at under Level 1. River flood level is at 8. The river ice has dropped about a foot.



Birds

The birding at the feeders here have been interesting this winter. We have tons of Evening and Pine Grosbeaks and our normal winter birds. However we don't have any Redpolls, Junco's and Pine Siskin's but we hundreds of Purple Finch. Jan.31st- Redpolls and Pine Siskins came in. Feb. 17th- Crows are in. Friends of ours have told us that some geese arrived, but we haven't had any out here yet. March 5th- Merlin and Northern Harrier. March 19th-One of our resident Canada Geese came in today. Mar 26th- Sandhill Cranes. Mar. 27th.- Eastern Phoebe. Mar. 28th- our first resident pair of Canada Geese are here. Mar. 29th- Robin and Common Grackle. March 30- Juncos arrived en masse. Mar 31- Hooded Mergansers, Apr 3- Flock of Mallards below the cookshack, Apr 14th- Wilson's Snipe, Apr 15- Flickers are in, Apr 16th- Fox Sparrows, Apr 18th - Kingfisher, April 24th- Flock of Rusty Blackbirds. Apr 30th- Mourning Dove, White-throated Sparrow. May 7th- Spotted Sandpiper. May 10th Harris's Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow. May 11th, Red-eyed Vireo. May12th, Song Sparrow. May 14th, Goldfinch, Oriole. May 20th, Northern Rough winged Swallow. May 23rd, Mourning Dove. May 28th, Bank Swallows and Tree Swallows. May 31st, Cedar Waxwing. June 5th- Whip-poor-will. June 6th- Black-billed Cuckoo. June 9th- Redstart. Sept 18- Geese are flying and the small birds are gathering. Lots of birds at the feeders with all this snow. Oct 29th- Common Redpolls. Nov 3- This is the first time since we've been here that White-winged Crossbills have been to our feeders. We have only spotted them out and about a few times. Nothing new at the feeders lately. We haven't had any Evening Grosbeaks, Redpolls or Pine Siskins at our feeder for about 6 weeks. I don't know where they are. We have large amounts of Pine Grosbeaks.





PLANTS & ANIMALS, ETC.

A There lots of bush rabbits around. Large numbers of deer in the campground this year. We had a couple of Otters in the upper campground. There have been wolves around most of the winter, not bothering anything here. March- Seems there are quite a few wolves around. April 19th First bees and butterfly. May 6th- We planted 120 coniferous trees last Saturday and will be planting another 30 this Saturday. Ticks are out Apr 30th but not like last year so far. May 2nd- The odd mosquitoes around. June 1st- Fire flies are out. June 10th, Flying squirrels. A black bear was hanging around the area up until the last four days. Oct 25- There are a couple of beaver around, some muskrat. Rabbits seems to be reduced in numbers. We have to cover our young pine so that deer and rabbits don't eat them. Dec. 31st- Fox, Grouse and deer tracks in the snow. We have had so many does and young around this year.






RECREATION  INFORMATION

Our beach was nice this year. People are out in snowmobiles and for the first in years we have had many running up and down the river.


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