What’s in the Woods in August

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.

where's my lunch?

com­ing and going

Oops, that’s not a coy­ote. Ollie on the move.

I already saw you

more com­ing and going — lit­tle dog this time

maybe it's this way?

more com­ing and going

The deer have been scarce. This is one of the few pic­tures I’ve got­ten. She looks well fed, but no sign of fawns.

looking for grass

Ragged Ear

Also on the path at the bot­tom of the pas­ture. The big bear.

looking at you!

Big Bear

And a rare day­light sight­ing of Bob.

nice tail

Bob the Cat

But most­ly we have bears. Many bears. It’s get­ting out of hand.

what's that?

lit­tle bear on the for­est road

where'd you guys go?

lit­tler bear

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.

which way is lunch?

long shot of the three bears

committee meeting!

a close up

And on the dri­ve­way cam­era. Jim return­ing from the first tri­al that he’s rid­den since he got that new knee last year.

good to have him back in the forest

com­ing home from a trial.

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.

What We Saw in the Woods in July

First up we have the bear. He’s been seen a lot late­ly — includ­ing destroy­ing some of the neighbor’s bird feeders.

did I see Something over there?

day­light bear

comin' at ya'

the bear

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.

small?

the bear else­where — or is it a small­er bear or cub?

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.

kind of a tough guy, no?

anoth­er of the coyote

strolling

walk­ing up the dri­ve­way — typical

Now Bob the Cat. Love­ly look at the spots on the back of his ears.

love the ear spots

bob the cat

The local buck is look­ing good. He’s putting on a decent set of antlers.

what a rack

nice shot of bucky from behind

how many points?

good look at Bucky

We had a lot of dog vis­i­tors last month.

what you looking at dude?

Har­ri­son at liberty

exploring

Ollie and companion

And usu­al count of Jim rid­ing bikes in the woods. And one of me look­ing like I’m not too hap­py about something.

Turning radius, we don't need no turning radius

Jim on the big bike.

I wonder what's with that expression?

Yours tru­ly, look­ing rather pensive.

What the Cameras are Seeing in the Late Spring

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.

Some high­lights:

looking for lunch?

Going for a walk

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.

whatchu lookin' at

Coy­ote Face

In fact this round we have col­lect­ed the full set of predators.

hey, where are you going?

bear butt

that grass is getting really tall

bob the cat

here kitty

cougar!

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.

where's Harrison?

Yipes, look at the time stamp.

And some things can’t be iden­ti­fied oth­er than a pair of glow­ing eyes in the night.

look on the far right

eyes!

Then there’s the usu­al sus­pect. The Big G out for a stroll.

do I look scary?

the one and only Big G

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.

really too big for the lane

That’s a big orange bike!

And mow­ing, because it’s spring and the mow­ing nev­er seems to end.

mosing is never ending

Mow­ing the road

And here we are — walk­ing up to change the cards in one of the cameras.

hiking

the three bears

And because there is always one acci­den­tal­ly arty shot.

New Holland Blue~

not exact­ly wildlife

Wildlife on the Farm — April 2017

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.

another bird landing on the camera!

well hel­lo there

And they coy­otes are show­ing them­selves reg­u­lar­ly both at night and dur­ing the day.

fat and sassy

Walk­ing up the road by the pasture.

coming and going

Coy­ote walk­ing up the dri­ve­way at night

glwoing evil eyes ;)

also in the sep­tic field

The deer are start­ing to look a bit bet­ter — fat­ter and sleek­er. Haven’t seen any that are obvi­ous­ly preg­nant yet.

strollin'

Deer walk­ing along look­ing for a bite.

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.

yeah - it's too misty in the background

I was mess­ing around with Light­room and got this.

Fooling Around with a New Camera

We’ve got a new cam­era on the farm and I’m work­ing out the kinks in my fin­gers — they still remem­ber the old cam­era… Today I took some pic­tures around the farm.

white sheep

Dot — the old­est of our sheep.

buff colored chicken

Yel­low Hen Has Scary Eyes

borwn alpaca head

Dorky Alpaca

Bouvier des Flandres head shot

The Big Dog Watch­ing Me

napping Bouvier des Flandres

The Big Dog More Relaxed

More from the Game Cameras — March

Not so much on the cam­eras this month.

The deer are walk­ing around in groups again. Three most­ly. I haven’t seen any sign of the buck or his antlers since Decem­ber. I was hop­ing to get the antlers for the dog to chew on.

The preda­tors have been out at night. Coy­otes both on the low­er pas­ture road and in the sep­tic field.

And Bob the Cat.

and then there’s the weath­er — what a March. Rain, Fog, Wind! Giz­mo and I walked reli­gious­ly but some days nei­ther of us was too pleased about it.

We’re going to move two of the cam­eras lat­er this week. I think we’ve seen all there is to see in the sep­tic field and on the low­er pas­ture road. (The dri­ve­way cam­era will stay — that’s a secu­ri­ty thing that occa­sion­al­ly catch­es some­thing more inter­est­ing than the UPS lady com­ing and going.)

Soon it will be time to start on the farm projects for spring/summer. Look for news!

Game Cameras — Jan and Feb

We were gone for a lot of the months of Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary but the wildlife goes on.

There is this lit­tle rab­bit. Nib­bling on a bit of brown grass.

a bit of food

Lit­tle bunny.

This bob­cat is look­ing for the rabbits.

eater of bunny food

Bob the Cat

The deer are still here though not very much in evi­dence in the last two months.

more deer

Night time browsing.

We had a lot of snow and some pow­er out­ages. Here are the neigh­bors going home after drop­ping by to make sure that the house sit­ter is doing okay.

deep snow

Thanks for the help!

The coy­otes are now three.

strutting

A third has joined the group.

Lots of snow. It’s been a pret­ty winter.

brrr

Cap­tur­ing the snow.

Doings on the Farm in December

I seems like it snowed a lot in Decem­ber though part of that is that it has also snowed at the begin­ning of the year.

Ear­ly in the Decem­ber we had a decent amount of snow

pretty!

snow — makes the farm pret­ty and the walk­ing treacherous.

New sight­ing. I’m pret­ty sure that the bird tak­ing off (land­ing?) on the post that the cam­era is on is our local barred owl. We hear him at night and occa­sion­al­ly are dive bombed when walk­ing in the woods dur­ing the day.

ghostly

the barred owl?

No sign of the large preda­tors this month. Just a cou­ple of vis­its by a solo coyote.

the male?

look­ing fat and sassy?

There were very few appear­ances by the does. But Bucky was around a lot He’s fine look­ing fellow.

what was that?

bucky makes a day time visit.

wary? I don't think so.

in the sep­tic field at night

Bucky is shar­ing the sep­tic field with the bun­nies. These lit­tle ones only show up on the cam­eras if some­thing else trig­gers them.

no Gizmo you may not eat the bunny.

bun­ny!

I did fig­ure out what has been trig­ger­ing the sep­tic cam­era when there are no obvi­ous ani­mals. Now that we’ve used up the wood in the first rack the cam­era can see into the work yard and it trig­gers when ever some­one is out mov­ing around the wood racks or the back of the shop. Look care­ful­ly and you can see Jim fill­ing the cart to bring fire­wood to the house.

now I know what's happening with the camera

where’s Wal­do?

There was a Christ­mas Day walk with my mom and a tiny bit of snow.

foggy

the fam­i­ly goes for a walk on Christ­mas Day.

2017 year start­ed with more snow. And the cam­era on the pas­ture road was very arty.

really, you'd think he had thing for sno-cones

snow mon­key eats snow.

okay - it's just stuff stuck to the lens of the camera

coy­ote in the snow with arty fil­ter effect

 

 

Game Cameras November

Only a few pic­tures this month.

Of note, the bear that should be asleep this time of year was up and mov­ing around the prop­er­ty at the begin­ning of the month.

heading out for a very early breakfast

Out bear is still in town.

The bob cat also vis­it­ed. We have him (her?) going up and down the dri­ve way on Oct 31st and then in the sep­tic field on Nov 19th.

cat butt! better than deer butt.

Up the Driveway

more cat, no butt

and back down the driveway

blurry but he's there

head shot a cou­ple of weeks later.

The coy­otes have been back. We haven’t seen them in over a month. I thought they were hav­ing trou­ble shar­ing the range with the bobcat.

strolling

the coy­otes are back.

coyote, no roadrunner

anoth­er view

Bucky is look­ing good — quite sleek and fat.

psst, buddy wanna buy a watch.

nice lit­tle rack you got there

As are the does.

yum

hav­ing a bit of lunch on a rainy day.

 

And once in a while the cam­eras bring us just a lit­tle too much information.

hahahahaha

real­ly? close the door next time

 

Game Cameras Early Fall 2016

or… What’s Doing on the Farm

We’ve had a bit of a fail. One of the cam­eras was hors de com­bat due to a mis-for­mat­ed card. The cam­era locat­ed in the sep­tic field took no pic­tures dur­ing Sep­tem­ber and October.
Mean­while — here’s what’s been doing on the pas­ture road and dri­ve­way at the begin­ning of fall.

Our bear has not left the area. Though by now (ear­ly Novem­ber) he’s like­ly denned up and tor­pid for the winter.

tromp, tromp

Back and cruis­ing up the dri­ve­way like he owns the place.

We’ve seen this bob­cat twice, about three weeks apart, near the pas­ture. I sus­pect there would be more pic­tures of him (her?) on the sep­tic cam­era if it hadn’t failed. It’s inter­est­ing that the coy­otes are nowhere to be seen since the cat has been around.

IR is magical.

Bob­cat sighting

still hanging around

A sec­ond sight­ing of the bob­cat 3 weeks later.

Then there’s this night creature.

evil stalks the woods.

Rarely sight­ed. The land­shark by night.

In ear­ly fall we’re still mow­ing the verges and road­sides. Jim often com­bines tak­ing the trash cans to the road with a quick pass along the sides of the dri­ve­way and around the pas­ture fence.

shorter grass!

Mow­ing hap­pens in the fall too.

And the cam­era con­tin­ues to cap­ture the occa­sion­al arty shot.

does that look like art?

The trac­tor doing its week­ly chores.

The big news around here for Octo­ber was Jim’s new knee. He had surgery on the 11th. For the two days that we were at the hos­pi­tal and the first cou­ple of weeks after we had a lot of help from friends and neigh­bors. And because we’re kind of creepy like that we’ve got pictures. 😀

happy dog has friends

Shas­ta and Jack walk­ing Gizmo.

more friends, more help, more gratitude

Yoav head­ing home after help­ing with the farm chores.

Jim is start­ing to get back into the swing of things. One of his big accom­plish­ments was to get out and walk around the pasture.

progress is measured in footsteps

Jim takes his first walk after the new knee install.

Life goes on and the sea­sons turn here on the farm. Bucky has reap­peared — with a nice set of points in velvet.

nice rack

Bucky is back!