Sunday, April 22, 2012

Odds and Ends

Didn't get to check the cameras today. It started raining a little after midnight and we've gotten more wind and rain all day. So I thought I'd post some pics I've wanted to post over the last several weeks but haven't done had time to.

The first set is a sow and her two cubs. I like the cub on the far bank. I'm sure it's watching the frogs in the pond by the way it's head is turned in each pic.

The next set is a hen turkey feeding by the camera. The hens are laying eggs right now. We had an unfortunate accident yesterday with a nest. We were planting corn before the rain hit and one of the coulters on the corn planter hit a nest and break most of the eggs. That was the first turkey nest any of us could remember being in one of the corn fields. Usually all we have to worry about in the spring are to fawns laying in the hay fields when we're mowing.

The last set is some of last years fawns having a pool party in the pond.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pileated Woodpecker

Another first for my camera traps. We have a lot of these woodpeckers in my area but this is the first
one I’ve got on camera. A lot of folks in my area also call them Indian Chickens. I’ve watched many
from my hunting stands fluttering from tree to tree over the years hammering away. They make a loud
drumming sound when they peck on a tree looking for insects and beetle larvae. It sounds a lot like a
hammer striking a tree. They also make a loud squawking call that can be heard for a good distance. I had hoped to get to posted last week but it seems the more I get done the more I have to do this Spring. Heading out later this afternoon to check the cameras and see what we've got.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

First Bear of Spring

I’ve been expecting to get a bear on camera for the last couple of weeks and last week I finally got
one. We’ve had unusually mild weather since the first of February and I thought the bear would be out
earlier this year. This looks like a good size boar bear making his rounds looking for food.