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.
Oops, that’s not a coyote. Ollie on the move.
The deer have been scarce. This is one of the few pictures I’ve gotten. She looks well fed, but no sign of fawns.
Also on the path at the bottom of the pasture. The big bear.
And a rare daylight sighting of Bob.
But mostly we have bears. Many bears. It’s getting out of hand.
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.
And on the driveway camera. Jim returning from the first trial that he’s ridden since he got that new knee last year.
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.
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.
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.
In fact this round we have collected the full set of predators.
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.
And some things can’t be identified other than a pair of glowing eyes in the night.
Then there’s the usual suspect. The Big G out for a stroll.
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.
And mowing, because it’s spring and the mowing never seems to end.
And here we are — walking up to change the cards in one of the cameras.
And because there is always one accidentally arty shot.
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.
And they coyotes are showing themselves regularly both at night and during the day.
The deer are starting to look a bit better — fatter and sleeker. Haven’t seen any that are obviously pregnant yet.
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.
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!
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
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.
No sign of the large predators this month. Just a couple of visits by a solo coyote.
There were very few appearances by the does. But Bucky was around a lot He’s fine looking fellow.
Bucky is sharing the septic field with the bunnies. These little ones only show up on the cameras if something else triggers them.
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.
There was a Christmas Day walk with my mom and a tiny bit of snow.
2017 year started with more snow. And the camera on the pasture road was very arty.
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.
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.
Then there’s this night creature.
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.
And the camera continues to capture the occasional arty shot.
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. 😀
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.
Life goes on and the seasons turn here on the farm. Bucky has reappeared — with a nice set of points in velvet.