Saturday, January 21.
It was a day for bouncing bluejays.
At least 20 of the cawking birds enjoyed the sunshine in our tree tops.
This was not the first porcupine sighting of the day. Earlier, on a snowshoe hike in the Rifle River Recreation Area the dogs sniffed out a big porcupine holed up in the base of a tree. Luckily, only one barb had to be pulled from the lip of Gauge, a German Shorthair Pointer.
This little guy guarded the ski trail at Ogemaw Hills Pathway in the afternoon. We didn’t have anything to pay as a toll, but he let us pass.