Lions, and tigers, and bears.

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.

Things in the woods, August 2018

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.

Things in the Woods June 2018

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.

hello boo-boo

Lit­tle Bear.

Bonus Video of Bob the Cat.

Something new on the cameras

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)

what is he landing on holding? there's no stump there

this is our owl land­ing

and away he goes

tak­ing off again

The usu­al crowd was also around. Coy­ote, bob­cat, deer, and a bun­ny. No sign of the bears in the mid­dle of the win­ter.

my profile, I show it to you

look­ing pret­ty good for Jan­u­ary

or why all the predator come by

lit­tle rab­bit, bet­ter look out

kitty!

the bob­cat is also here

who are you looking at?

and a nice shot of the coy­ote — a big boy for sure

Return of the Deer…

… 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.

do deer like snow as much as dogs?

The buck is back and look­ing bet­ter than ever.

bucky and one of his girls

bucky on the dri­ve­way

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.

Jim takes a spin on the RD350 project bike.

What’s in the Woods — October

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.

yummy ferns

feed­ing up for win­ter

ready for winter

look­ing fat and sassy

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.

Game Cameras — Highlights September

The month start­ed with some real­ly love­ly sum­mer weath­er.

dig the hawaiian shirt.

pick­ing up the cam­era cards at the begin­ning of the month

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.

sleek- it's sleek, not fat

fall fat

playing tag?

there’s a lot of frol­ick­ing going on

a pair — moth­er and well grown fawn.

The coy­otes are still around. Noth­ing of them on the dri­ve­way this month. But they made the oth­er two cam­eras.

what?

down by the manure pile

one coyote - where's the other?

gen­tle­man (?) walk­ing the path

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.)

strollin'

the only bear sight­ing this month

And it’s hunt­ing sea­son up here. So…

blaze orange - fashion color?

all the gear all the time doesn’t just refer to the bikes

We had the usu­al col­lec­tion of amus­ing vehi­cles. Bikes that trav­el on the back of lit­tle trucks.

nice to have a bike that fits on the bumper rack

Jim once again com­ing home from an Observed Tri­als.

And oth­er bikes that don’t fit into trucks.

so I guess the reflec­tive patch­es on the back of my jack­et work pret­ty well.

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.)

motorhome adventures

Biggest thing on the farm this month.

Once again our neigh­bor begins to do bat­tle with the falling leaves.

valient effort, pointless but...

YoBob does his leaf blow­er thing.

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.

so it was a little colder

gath­er­ing the cam­eras cards at the end of the month

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