Category Archives: game cameras

In the Woods

We moved the game cam­eras to new loca­tions two week­ends ago.

This one we thought was a sleep­ing area.

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But a cou­ple of weeks of obser­va­tion reveals noth­ing.

The oth­er cam­era was placed at the south end of the sep­tic field. An open area sur­round­ed by for­est and home to at least one bun­ny colony. Which explains the pres­ence of this fel­low.

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He gets a close up.

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We’ve also got the required butts. This one is espe­cial­ly graph­ic.

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And a nice shot of the neighbor’s dogs hav­ing a bit of a romp. Giv­en the time stamps I’d guess that they had pur­sued the deer from their own yard to our woods.

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Game Cameras in the Late Winter and Early Spring

It’s been a while since I’ve post­ed any of the game cam­era pic­tures. Even when we are ignor­ing them they sit in the woods and on the dri­ve­way and qui­et­ly go about their busi­ness.

Most­ly we get shots of deer. A few of which have iden­ti­fi­able traits. There’s Torn Ear.

wonder how it got that way

Torn Ear

and one that I call Short Neck.

plays football?

Short Neck

We see lots of butts.

the big predator goes for a stroll

Night Time Walk

going off road on the way home?

And the Big Bike

back to the short bus

Back of the Defend­er

We’ve seen a coy­ote a bunch of times. For a cou­ple of days at a time about every month. Both in the woods and on the dri­ve­way. Giz­mo tracks something/someone up the low­er pas­ture road most morn­ings. I think the coy­otes are around more often than they end up on cam­era.

going for a stroll

Coy­ote Walks Down the Dri­ve­way

And sur­prise! We spot­ted a pair.

are you coming with me or not?

Two! Coy­otes

We also get occa­sion­al sight­ings of Bob the Cat. Only in the sep­tic field nev­er on the dri­ve­way. I can’t fig­ure out how he’s get­ting onto and off of the sep­tic field.

looking for something

Bob the Cat

Occa­sion­al­ly the cam­eras get arty.

arty, no?

Game Cam­era Art

We’ve pulled that cam­eras in for down­load­ing and bat­tery replace­ments. They should go back out this week­end. We’re going to move the one from the sep­tic field to down at the oth­er end of the pas­ture near the manure pile. See who’s using that low­er pas­ture road. More pic­tures next month. (maybe)

More from the Game Cameras

June was a bad month for game cam­eras. One of the Brown­ings died — no idea why. And the replace­ment Bush­nells are tak­ing some time to get set up the way we want them. Still there were a cou­ple of inter­est­ing sight­ings and good pic­tures.

Things we see dur­ing the day:

two up on the huckleberry

two up on the way out

We’ve seen both the res­i­dent does —  skin­ny neck and ragged ear. There’s also a lit­tle buck­ling but he’s not show­ing up on the cam­eras yet.

skinny neck

skin­ny neck

ragged ear

ragged ear

There are two coy­otes:
We’re still learn­ing to tell them apart. One has very dis­tinct col­oration on his face. The oth­er is not so dra­mat­i­cal­ly marked.

coyote #1

first there is this in the sep­tic field — blur­ry as heck

coyote number 2

30 sec­onds lat­er on the pas­ture road (the female?)

wiley

this is the male — I think.

Things we see at night:
The deer of course.

deer in the night

deer in the night

and our only shots of the coy­ote pair togeth­er.

two fer

coy­ote pair going up the dri­ve­way

scary eyes!

coy­ote pair com­ing back down the dri­ve­way

Equal­ly flashy but not so scary.

to up on the way back from Lyle Lovett

That’s some flash gear.

trash night in the sticks

not so wildlife

after concert stroll

an evening walk in the rain

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!

 

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

 

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.

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’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.

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