Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blue Jays and Crows

I always get a lot of bird pictures on the cameras. Most of the smaller birds are hard to see but the larger birds like the jays and crows really standout. Especially when they're caught in flight.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mountain Bear

First bear I've gotten on camera for a while. I went back and looked and it was early October '10 when I got the last one. This one looks like a pretty good one. Nice coat and not bad size. I'm guessing around 200 lbs though I'm terrible at guessing a bear's weight.

I knew I had a bear on the prowl when I stopped at the cabin on the way up the mountain and found a bag of trash scattered all over the yard. Someone had forgotten a bag and left it on the porch. The bears don't have much to eat this early in the spring and are looking for anything to fill their stomachs. Most of their Spring diet consists of leaves, flowers, plants, grasses, insects, small animals, and honey.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lost and Found

My farmer buddy's neighbor said he was missing a couple of cows a week or so ago. Well I think I've find them. At least one anyway. She was waiting on me Saturday morning when I checked my camera. I was planning on moving the camera back to the cabin pond anyway. Hopefully I'll get some pics of the wood ducks when they pass through.

I found his dog also.

Then my buddy came through checking the fence. He
mentioned we were going to be building fence back there soon.

I think the reason I didn't get much in the way of wildlife back
here this week was because they couldn't get in for all of
the other traffic ;).

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Another Turf Battle

The raccoons and deer battling for turf again. Don't look like much of a fight this time. I think the deer pretty much gave in. Though one doe don't seem to mind going head to head with one of the raccoons.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Late Snow

We got a couple of inches of snow over night after about 1.5" of rain during the day last week. Luckily it wasn't all snow or we'd had a couple of feet instead of a couple of inches. Caught these does coming up the trail after the sun came out. They're still looking pretty sleek in their winter coats.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Antlered Bucks

Don't get to do a mid week post last week like I usually do. Just too busy with work, basketball tournaments, Ruritan events, etc. etc. Thankfully next week looks a little slower.

Now I'm going to have to make a little confession. Remember in my last post I told you about the problem with the Power Line camera. Well, it turns out the camera is fine and the problem is with the operator...that would be me :(. Somehow I managed to put the old memory card back in the camera when I was changing them. So this week I got two weeks worth of pics. One of my favorite things at work is to be called about a problem and find out the problem is "operator error". Guess I'm going to have to be a little nicer with the operators next time ;). LOL.

Luckily I didn't lose the pics from the Power Line camera. Got a couple of pics of bucks that still had their antlers on 2/28. Also the small 8 pointer in the mountain still had one antler on 3/9. Like I said earlier the bucks in my area hang on to their antlers.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mixed Bag

Thankfully I checked my cameras yesterday. It's poured rain all day today. Tried a new set location last week and got a mixed bag of animals. Crows, squirrels(of course squirrels :( ), cardinals, raccoons, and a groundhog.
The oak tree on the left hand side of the pics shows why you shouldn't wrap or attach fence to a tree. This tree is pretty much ruined as far as getting any timber out of it. Sawmills tend to frown on running their blades through metal.
Something went haywire on my power line camera again. The camera said I had over 300 pics but when I got home and put the memory card in the PC I have "no files"????? :(. I'm being to think that site is jinxed. This is the second time I've not gotten a weeks worth of no pics from this camera.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ice Turkeys

Couple of jake turkeys looking for something to eat after a sleet and ice storm. We had an 1/2" to 3/4" of sleet and ice one night last week. Made for a pretty interesting drive to work the next morning. You can see the ice sticking to the turkeys backs. For those not familiar with turkeys a jake is an immature male. You can see the short stubby beards starting to grow on their chests.