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I have seen a few while fishing in northern
Pennsylvania creeks. Yesterday a neighbor's boy brought me a dandy 21-inch
specimen, which I was pleased to acquire,
and today we took it to a small brook for
some pictures.
To anyone who has never seen one of
these huge salamanders, it is impossible
to adequately describe its loathsome
appearance. The broad, flat head, almost
invisible eyes, broadly keeled tail, the
loose folds of its slippery skin, and its
overall dirty gray-brown color combine
to make it one of the ugliest creatures
that swims, runs, or flies. Our specimen
was typically sluggish, and we were able
to take plenty of pictures, but holding
him was almost impossible. In our grasp
his slippery, but seemingly robust, body
offered all the resistance of a handful of
gelatin pudding, leaving nothing to hold
onto, and yet his body and tail lashed and
writhed almost uncontrollably - proving
that he had muscles somewhere! Only
by wrapping our fingers around him both
behind and ahead of his forelegs could we
hang onto him.
It is said that hellbenders are harmless,
that stories of the seriousness of their bites
are pure fiction. I wouldn't know. Neither
of us did anything to prove or disprove
that theory.
September 29: Last night was a drizzly

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gray one, the kind that confuses migrating
birds and grounds them until daybreak.
Even before I turned in, I heard flock after
flock of wild geese passing overhead,
and once when I awoke during the night
their wild honking sounded just over the
rooftops.
I slipped down to the river shore this
morning to find hundreds of them in midstream. Clark, a local habitue of the river,
was already there, and together we glassed
the river, upstream and down, discovering
many more flocks in the distance.
But the birds were restless. At frequent
intervals a clamor would arise above the
running background of honking and there
was little feeding or bathing. Clearly
something was about to happen.
For no apparent reason, a great commotion broke out upstream, and a hundred
or so birds took to the air. Like a chain
reaction flock after flock clattered off the
water, wings flailing, voices straining,
hundreds of gray-brown bodies fighting for space in the air. The uproar was
deafening.
I glanced at Clark, who was tense
as a dog on point. "Isn't that a sight?" I
shouted, enthusiastically.
He almost cried. "They're leaving," he
said, his eyes fixed on the cloud of birds,
"and the season don't open till Saturday."
I had forgotten - Clark is a goose hunter.



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