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.
In the last couple of months we’ve seen more predators and fewer deer than in the past.
We do have a nice little buckling hanging around.
And here he is with one of the does.
We also had a couple of very exciting days when we were being visited by a bear. We saw him wander across the work yard one evening around supper time. Here’s a picture of him cruising down the driveway. And we found him again a couple of nights later chowing down on the bird feeders. The first time in over 15 years that we’ve had problems with the bird feeders. It’s sad that I can’t watch the summer bird from my office windows.
We’ve seen a lot of the coyotes. Frequently as a pair. There has been no sign of pups, perhaps they are too young? This is the first year that we’ve seen them together.
Once more walking up the driveway in the middle of the night.
The big news however is that we have captured on camera the collared female cougar that haunts our neighborhood.
Sadly it seems that she was in the neighborhood attacking livestock. None of ours but folks just up the road lost an alpaca.
Sometimes you get just plain odd or lucky shots. The driveway camera is sometimes triggered by birds landing on the rail that you can see on the left in these pictures. Here’s lucky shot of a bird flying away.
We also capture the occasional strolling neighbor.
Summer is almost over — we’ll probably only mow one more time. But in the middle of summer it’s a constant battle against the overwhelming vegetation. Here Jim is mowing the lower pasture lane
And this one last shot of ourselves coming back from a concert in the sidecar.
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:
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.
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.
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.
and one that I call Short Neck.
We see lots of butts.
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.
And surprise! We spotted a pair.
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.
Occasionally the cameras get arty.
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)
Not too many words for this post. We returned to La Encantada Orquideario to see what new wonders there were in the rainy season. Sadly there has not been nearly as much rain as usual this summer and the orchids are suffering a bit. (And they are having to buy water.)
A stream runs through the middle of the plantation.
And a rickety bridge crosses the stream. (I am not really this much of a munchkin — Jim took the picture from far up the slope.)
Here are a selection of lovely flowers from big, about 3″ across, to tiny, less that a 1⁄4″ across.
For making it all the way to tend of this post you get a bonus: