January 12, 2009 Four Otter Morning
This morning I watched a family of four River Otters swim along the shore of Fawn Lake, where I live in Mason County on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. When I stepped out on the deck to watch from above, I watched and heard one otter’s jaws crunching a fish after emerging from a dive. Whenever I see a family of otters here, they dive closely together–usually just a few feet apart–not spreading out as they fish the lake. When they dive from the surface, it is an act of grace with barely a ripple, the tail arching as the animal slips into the depths.
Also today, I watched a Common Loon out on the lake. Closer in, a Double-crested Cormorant spent the night in the ragged Bigleaf Maple in front of our house on the shore, 60 or so feet away from the roost where many of its “colleagues” routinely spend winter nights. Then, this morning, a Sharp-shinned Hawk attempted to raid the feeder and perched on my deck railing a few feet away, showing off its bright yellow feet.
A good wildlife day on an otherwise dreary day at home.