The Tartan Twixies practice air-guitar and air-banjo to a Pete Seeger CD
The Tartan Twixies play air-guitar and air-banjo to a Pete Seeger CD.

Weather: On Tuesday, ample sun, a high of 41, a quick freeze in the evening.
Wednesday morning, ample sun, a quick warming.

How’s It Running? Tuesday, the sap hammered in, and buckets drip-drip-dripped. Finally!

Sap Sweetness: 2.7% Still very good.

Boiling Status: Right at it, with a sense of rhythm in the work for the first time.

Hill Report (a paraphrase of Ross’s and Christian’s remarks as delivered while rinsing and filling syrup drums last evening):

Bobcat track on Morningside
Bobcat track on Morningside

-Some bare ground.
-A lot more streams.
-A toss-up as to which is easier, snowshoeing or booting it.

-On some of the K lines where you can’t hear the brook, it sounds as though there are vacuum leak hisses in all directions. Turns out, it’s only the beech leaves rustling.

– A fisher cat is on the prowl. Ross saw it traversing Herbie, leaving a

pee trail. A fisher cat is the size of a house cat but much stouter, with a tail two-thirds the length of its body. (“Fisher cats are vicious,” says Chops. “They’ll even attack a fox.”)

Closeup of the bobcat track. There are a few points of difference between the bobcat and fisher cat tracks.
Closeup of the bobcat track. There are a few points of difference between the bobcat and fisher cat tracks.

 

3 thoughts on “Just Right

  1. Hi Bea, Yes, it is the fisher cat. Here is a link. http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/vtcritters/animals.cfm?cat=Mammals&species=Fisher

    The state built up the population in the ’50’s and ’60’s to keep the forest-destroying porcupines under control. A bounty on porcupines wasn’t sufficient. In the early days here, we called a cliffy ledge just up from the sugarhouse ‘The Porky Condos.’ Lately, we just don’t see porcupines much, nor the trees wounded by their bark-peeling ways. It’s rare to see a fisher cat also, but they’re around.

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