Winter was rather extreme this year. There was a lot of snow in February. We saw a lot of the coyotes. There seem to be three traveling together.
Later in the spring we see the first of the bear and more of the coyotes and raccoons.
We have a fine looking buck on the property. The usual suspects — coyote, bear, and bobcat. And a first for us — a raccoon caught on the camera.
Actually mountain lions and little tigers and of course the bears.
Well the big predators are back. There’s about a 20 minute gap between the time the cougar showed up on the still camera by the manure pile and the time (he/she?) shows up on the video camera in the forest on the other side of the property. Walked right past the pastured animals. The smaller cat is the bobcat with little rabbit snack. And of course our big lumbering bear.
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.