"ALL IN A DAY'S WORK" - Porcupine (North American)

April 22, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

"ALL IN A DAY'S WORK"

Porcupine (North American) - 5 Photos

 

 

The popular trees are now in bud (commonly referred to as "sticky buds), with the formation of leaves not far behind. 

 

And it's also a time for "celebration" for porcupines. Having wintered on a diet of bark & dried vegetation, porcupines are heading into the trees for some succulent feasting while buds are plentiful. That sweet sap contained in the buds must be a great calorie replenishment and the taste must be like candy after a rather bland diet for the past few months.

 

But when the wind picks up, it's time to move floors to a location somewhat lower on the tree and more secure from the elements.

 

Some porcupines descend slowly down a tree, moving from side to side, gauging each foothold much like a rock climber making his/her descent.  This particular porcupine took a more direct approach. Once a side was chosen, it kept to the same path making short work of the climb down to a lower branch.

 

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