Porkies, Porkies, Everywhere!

Now that's a beautiful porky!

Now that’s a beautiful porky!

Hey Folks,  Well we had to postpone the tracking hike for another week so my friend Mike and I went up into the Mineral Hills to retrieve the remote wildlife cameras.  They got some great pics of the porcupines!  Take a look:

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Look at that, 2 degrees!

Look at that, 2 degrees!

Going down...negative 12 degrees!   And look at the claws on this baby! That's how they get up the trees so easy.

Going down…negative 12 degrees! And look at the claws on this baby! That’s how they get up the trees so easy.

Hemlock "nip twigs" from porkies eating just the tips of the branches.

Hemlock “nip twigs” from porkies eating just the tips of the branches.

This is what the nip twig looks like up close.  You can see where the porky cut it at an angle using its teeth.  You can also see the very ends of the needles are cut too.  They eat only the very fresh growth at the ends.

This is what the nip twig looks like up close. You can see where the porky cut it at an angle using its teeth. You can also see the very ends of the needles are cut too. They eat only the very fresh growth at the ends.

And what happens to the succulent hemlock needle, you may ask?  Here is the porkies den entrance.  It has loads of cashew shaped and sized scat of compressed wood shavings.  The pine/turpentine smell is very heavy.  And cool, lots of quills laying around too.

And what happens to the succulent hemlock needle, you may ask? Here is the porkies den entrance. It has loads of cashew shaped and sized scat of compressed wood shavings. The pine/turpentine smell is very heavy. And cool, lots of quills laying around too.

Very cute, but don't try to pet the porky!

Very cute, but don’t try to pet the porky!

 

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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