Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What goes bump in the night.....

Dusk on the job

Slugssss, as slimy as they may be....are quite adorable close up-
Before they are squished from riding along on your tire.

Tiny elk butts everywhere.  
In the middle of the night. In the middle of the road.  
They seem to choose the past of least resistance and, just as a cartoon character would, travel down the clear path in front of the moving vehicle rather than veer off to the side into the relative safety of the forest.

Pacific Tree Frog

 For those of you daring enough -
Leave a comment and guess the following night sounds...
Owl-y prizes (we're serious) and respect awarded for 
correct answers and/or creativity
Name that owl  #1... 

Name that Owl #2

Name that Owl #3


Anonymous said...

First owl, actually an old man.
Second owl, the teased pube owl.
Third owl, the silent owl that no one can here. Or the offspring of the first two owls, making it the old teased pube owl.


road-dog-tales said...

We're all about the road trips! You go to some pretty fantastical places!
Pee S - we don't know a hoot owl from a barn owl :)
The Road Dogs

Rachel Lauren Photography said...

what an amazing job you both have! Thanks for visiting my blog, I've added you to my 'follow' list as well. :) Looking forward to more wildlife photos!

Elizabeth said...

I love slugs. My favorite is the banana slug, which I really miss since moving away from the Bay Area. The other day I accidentally stepped on a snail and I almost cried because I love them so much, even though he was on his way to eat things out of my garden.

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

Here's a clip of a Banana Slug eating for you :) Enjoy....


Eileen said...

You have some great pictures. Eye candy. i just discovered your blog and plan on being here alot, just to enjoy the scenes.

Lindy MacDuff said...

What a fabulous blog you have! You two certainly come across some amazing things in your travels. I'm glad you found one of my blogs so I could follow yours. =)

I'll take a stab at guessing the owl sounds.
#1 Spotted owl
#2 Barred owl..."Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?"
#3 I really don't know, but sounds like a lazy barred owl!

Looking forward to your next adventure(s).

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

Lindy - you're exactly right :) Thank you for taking a stab at them! I'll drop you a note about the crafty owls we've made if you're interested...

#3 is indeed a Barred Owl - it's rare that we hear them sticking to the exact "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all"... This one note trill seems to be a favorite around here - and is a rather aggressive call.

biobabbler said...

I realize this post is from August and it's now October, but WHAT FUN to listen to those owls and try to guess and then LEARN the ANSWER! Bear and I got the 1st (from hearing spotted owls when we were camping at a music festival once, at about 4 a.m. REALLY near our tent (woke me up INSTANTLY and I wandered around in the dark trying to find them)) and we happened to be friends with other folks nearby who are spotted owl researchers (SWEET) so they told us about the juvenile calls ('cause I tried to describe all the calls we heard).

Thank you--AWESOME POST! (I have GOT to get some video/sound recording device!)


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