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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


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.


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.)


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.

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!