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Monday, May 29, 2006

Fishing Tale

Fishing guy to friends after he gets home....."You should 've seen what I got, a big one... it must have been over 1000 lbs."

This is a sight we witnessed with some good friends who were visiting yesterday. A Moose swam out across the cove in front of Bobolink Farm and swam right near a fishing boat, probably much to the amazement of the fisherman. Our friends don't get to see Moose much, so this was quite a treat for all of us. We were watching through binoculars and a scope.

If you look closely you can see small spikes of antlers on the Moose, making this a bull Moose. Antler growth starts in spring and continues through summer. For older bulls, it is completed by August and September. Moose mate in fall. Antlers are shed from December through March. There is no way to know the age of the moose by counting the points on the antlers. You can tell the age of a Moose by the diameter at the base of the antler which gets larger each year. Bull Moose calves have only short spikes their first fall. Yearling and 2-year-old bulls can have either simple spikes or branched antlers.

As we keep saying, you never know what surprises are going to happen at Bobolink Farm.

Photo © Lillian Stokes, 2006

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