There are the usual things in the woods. The coyote has been seen on both cameras (video and still) and the bear is still around. Also the first pictures of Bucky. He’s got a nice thing going on with his antlers this year. And what will probably be the last mowing of the year for the forest road.
We’ve switched one of our cameras to record video. We’re experimenting with the length of recording. Trying to figure out what’s the best compromise between capturing the action and saving on the battery life. It’s looking like 15 seconds might be the sweet spot.
Here’s a compilation of interesting things that we saw in June. We’re getting some interesting things. Starting with a bit of video one of the bears climbing the trial up the hill. Then a look at one of our fat and sassy coyotes. Bucky makes a late night visit. Midday we see the rather adorable dog that lives down the hill. And finally, the catch of the month: the local owl enjoying a bit of breakfast.
Here’s a better look at the bear. This is the small one. I think the one in the video above is the big one.
Bonus Video of Bob the Cat.
We got a new sighting on the cameras. The owl. He’s a big guy and we hear him almost every night. He’s also taken a chicken or two. (harumph)
The usual crowd was also around. Coyote, bobcat, deer, and a bunny. No sign of the bears in the middle of the winter.
… and pretty much no one else.
We’ve had only a little bit of snow so far this winter. The deer don’t seem to mind. Gizmo was ecstatic.
The buck is back and looking better than ever.
Lots of other pictures of deer browsing and what not. Mostly in the early evening.
But there aren’t any pictures of coyotes or bears. No bears! Which means that I can put my bird feeders out! That’ll cheer up the yard a lot.
And once again the driveway camera gets a bit artistic with the zoomy picture of Jim on one of the client project bikes. Did I just notice that he’s not wearing a helmet? He’s in trouble now.
Not much to see this month we had a couple of cameras run out of battery unexpectedly. So there’s just these couple of images.
No idea if the bears are still around. I’d like to put my bird feeders out soon. But may wait until the middle of the month and check that cameras one more time.
The month started with some really lovely summer weather.
The deer are appearing; some looking better than others. There’s still one speckled fawn — but there isn’t a decent picture of him/her.
The coyotes are still around. Nothing of them on the driveway this month. But they made the other two cameras.
Only one bear sighting. I’m surprised because we’ve seen a lot of scat. Especially early in the month on the driveway. I think this is the sow, sans cubs. Or it might be one of the cubs. They’ve gotten to be about her size. (The male is a lot bigger.)
And it’s hunting season up here. So…
We had the usual collection of amusing vehicles. Bikes that travel on the back of little trucks.
And other bikes that don’t fit into trucks.
and the side of the huge ass motorhome that we borrowed to take to a dog trial. Verdict. Motorhomes are awesome at dog trials. The dog is not impressed. He gets seasick in most vehicles and this one is worse. (Camping on the other hand is an all time favorite activity of his.)
Once again our neighbor begins to do battle with the falling leaves.
By the end of the month as we went out to pick up the camera cards the weather had changed significantly. Not a Hawaiian shirt to be seen.
It’s been a hot, dry August. And the creatures are very active in the woods.
The coyotes are sticking to the path at the bottom of the pasture.
Oops, that’s not a coyote. Ollie on the move.
The deer have been scarce. This is one of the few pictures I’ve gotten. She looks well fed, but no sign of fawns.
Also on the path at the bottom of the pasture. The big bear.
And a rare daylight sighting of Bob.
But mostly we have bears. Many bears. It’s getting out of hand.
Yes, three bears. Where’s Goldilocks when we need her? These may be the small female with two cubs. Or it might three cubs. It certainly isn’t the big very black guy that we’re seeing down by the pasture.
And on the driveway camera. Jim returning from the first trial that he’s ridden since he got that new knee last year.
That’s the highlights from August. Too many bears for my taste, walking in the woods is getting to be hazardous. Meanwhile after one of the driest summers on record, we’re hoping for some rain to green up the pastures. More next month.
First up we have the bear. He’s been seen a lot lately — including destroying some of the neighbor’s bird feeders.
In this picture I can’t be entirely sure that it’s our bear and not a smaller one. The scale is hard to judge.
Next we have a couple of the coyote. Singles only this time. Not sure if we’ve still got two or if they have split up.
Now Bob the Cat. Lovely look at the spots on the back of his ears.
The local buck is looking good. He’s putting on a decent set of antlers.
We had a lot of dog visitors last month.
And usual count of Jim riding bikes in the woods. And one of me looking like I’m not too happy about something.
We moved that cameras back in early May and are now seeing different things. Lots of predators wandering around the forest.
One camera is located at the end of what we call the forest road, the wide path that runs parallel to the property line in the woods. The other is on a small trail behind the manure pile that leads to the neighbor’s driveway. This is the one that I thought might show us the transiting coyotes and help pin point their den. But now I“m not at all sure. There is a lot more coyote activity on the forest road camera.
We’re wondering about how many coyotes there are and whether or not we can identify them. In particular are the coyote above and this one below the same animal? We’ve had pictures of two together in the past. And the one below looks heavier set than the one above.
In fact this round we have collected the full set of predators.
This is not the cougar that we’ve seen before. This one doesn’t have a collar. So there may be two working overlapping territories here.
And perhaps a bit frightening… our neighbor walking her dog. Check out the time stamp — compare it with the one on the cougar pic above.
And some things can’t be identified other than a pair of glowing eyes in the night.
Then there’s the usual suspect. The Big G out for a stroll.
Jim has, of course, spent some time in the woods this spring. Here he is “road testing” the big dual sport bike before a back country adventure in BC.
And mowing, because it’s spring and the mowing never seems to end.
And here we are — walking up to change the cards in one of the cameras.
And because there is always one accidentally arty shot.
The first real month of spring — as evidenced by the visitor in our first picture. The robins are back and hopping around the pasture looking for worms. This fellow was looking to land on the fence post that the camera is mounted on.
And they coyotes are showing themselves regularly both at night and during the day.
The deer are starting to look a bit better — fatter and sleeker. Haven’t seen any that are obviously pregnant yet.
In other signs of spring the tractor now has the brush mower attached to it. We’ll be mowing the driveway verges and grass roads regularly for a couple of month snow.