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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

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.

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