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.
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.
Bonus Video of Bob the Cat.
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)
The usual crowd was also around. Coyote, bobcat, deer, and a bunny. No sign of the bears in the middle of the winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bucky is looking good — quite sleek and fat.
As are the does.
And once in a while the cameras bring us just a little too much information.
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.
Things we see at night:
The deer of course.
and our only shots of the coyote pair together.
Equally flashy but not so scary.
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)
We moved the game cameras to new locations two weekends ago.
This one we thought was a sleeping area.
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.
He gets a close up.
We’ve also got the required butts. This one is especially graphic.
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.