The month started with some really lovely summer weather.
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.
The coyotes are still around. Nothing of them on the driveway this month. But they made the other two cameras.
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.)
And it’s hunting season up here. So…
We had the usual collection of amusing vehicles. Bikes that travel on the back of little trucks.
And other bikes that don’t fit into trucks.
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.)
Once again our neighbor begins to do battle with the falling leaves.
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.
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!