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New Guy in Town — October 2018

 

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.

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.