Bearly June

Did he get that wrong on purpose?

Well, it hasn’t felt too much like June this week, with chilly winds, rather short sunny spells and unseasonably low temperatures. Pretty dry, although the weekend forecast predicts that will change!

We usually see bears out and about when we’re out and about, certainly as May heads into June, but I hadn’t seen a single one until last Monday.

A different bear, a different site, but they all excite!

A favourite bear spotting site, or bear sighting spot, is from a little one way bridge heading into Hitacu. The bridge and road pass over a shingle, grass and mud patch, a smaller inlet off the bigger inlet, with a tidal zone that entices bears out of the forest fringe. For the past few weeks I’ve glanced over in hopes of seeing a bear or two, and was disappointed each way every day. Until Monday afternoon!

This side or that, should spot a few bruins in the coming weeks!

It was one of the rare sunny spells and feeling quite warm just after midday – not necessarily prime bear spotting conditions, but there s/he was, on all fours, head down and munching contentedly on whatever was good to eat. Result! A happy PlaidCamper, since I’d been getting a little concerned. Fewer bears or deteriorating vision?

On the way home a little while later, the same bear, or a twin, was still there, moved up some but foraging away in the afternoon sun.

Warming up

I’ll be spending more time in and around Hitacu as June warms up and the summer rolls in. Early mornings are a good time for spotting bears, so I’m hopeful I’ll catch a few more glimpses of a furry favourite along the shores.

I’ll keep this brief – bearly a post – thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Seen a bear? High 5!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

12 thoughts on “Bearly June”

  1. A fine bear sighting & photo, PC, giving me hope that my own first sighting of the year will come soon. At least I’ve caught a Yellow Dog sighting vicariously here. And it looks quite tasty.


    1. Thanks, Walt! I’m always happy to spot a bear – appropriately distanced, of course! The Yellow Dog was a (sort of) mistake, when I reached for another Yellow Dog but picked this up instead. Too lazy to change it once I got to pay, figuring they’re a safe bet, and it was a good one. Now I’ve written it, that’s possibly a very dull story.
      I hope your week is going well!


  2. It would be so nice to just observe a bear’s behaviour from a very safe distance. Our coyotes are getting very bold and coming after people walking their dogs. A local vet on the radio warned that coyotes carry a parasite that can be passed on to dogs and humans and it is potentially fatal. I am being careful. Enjoy the bears and beer.


    1. I do enjoy seeing the bears – from a distance! Yikes, I’ve been hearing a few tales about bold coyotes, and didn’t know about the parasite.
      Stay safe and well!


  3. How exciting and the wonderful bear sightings deserve several High 5’s!! A few more High 5’s are also in order to celebrate England’s first win today. I’ll trade our way too early hot and muggy weather for some of your chilly winds and hope you continue to enjoy seeing the bears on a distant (very distant) shore. Love the bear photo, beautiful shot through the trees and it looks like a professional poured that beer! Cheers!!


    1. Thank you! Hoping for many more bear sightings, and if each requires a High 5, well, I don’t make the rules…oh, I do!
      Didn’t see the game, but the result made for a good start to the tournament. Seems like a few of the games have been pretty exciting, and best of all, Eriksen is on the mend after that alarming collapse.
      I hope your weather is cooperating and the week is going well!

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  4. Oh boy oh boy. How thrilling to see this bear, and great that you captured a photo, too, pc. The thing about spotting in the wilderness, is we have to keep looking, like you did, and then one fine day it can actually come to sight. And what a great day that is. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bear, and hopefully more bear sightings are in your future.


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