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.
well hello there
And they coyotes are showing themselves regularly both at night and during the day.
Walking up the road by the pasture.
Coyote walking up the driveway at night
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.
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.
I was messing around with Lightroom and got this.
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.
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.
Up the Driveway
and back down the driveway
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.
the coyotes are back.
Bucky is looking good — quite sleek and fat.
nice little rack you got there
As are the does.
having a bit of lunch on a rainy day.
And once in a while the cameras bring us just a little too much information.
really? close the door next time
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 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.
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.
first there is this in the septic field — blurry as heck
30 seconds later on the pasture road (the female?)
this is the male — I think.
Things we see at night:
The deer of course.
deer in the night
and our only shots of the coyote pair together.
coyote pair going up the driveway
coyote pair coming back down the driveway
Equally flashy but not so scary.
That’s some flash gear.
not so wildlife
an evening walk in the rain
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.
Night Time Walk
And the Big Bike
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.
Coyote Walks Down the Driveway
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.
Bob the Cat
Occasionally the cameras get arty.
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)
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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