Sunday, June 30, 2013

Growing Like Weeds

 It has always amazed me how quickly the fawns grow. My Grandma always referred to it as  "growing like weeds'.

I'm also still fighting the ants. I thought they were only in the battery compartment but they managed to get in the main part of the camera also. So I have it in my shop torn completely down and ant free at the moment. Going to leave it apart a couple of days the be sure none are hiding anywhere. My wife just thinks I'm angling for a new camera :).

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Busy Weekend

No new trail cam pics this week. I've spent most of last week and all of Friday and Saturday with the Ruritan Clubs annual Cruise In and Lawn Party. We had the Cruise In Friday evening and the Lawn Party Saturday evening. Had awesome weather both days and a huge turn out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Not sure if this is a red shoulder hawk or a red tail hawk? If you can tell please let me know. Not sure what's up with the crow and hawk being this close together. Generally they're fight each other when ever they meet. In the last two pics it looks to be have a bad feather day.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bear Triplets and More

Last Sunday I kept putting off going to check the cameras because it looked like rain all afternoon and it never rained a drop. Same thing today so I decide to go ahead and check them early. So on the 4-wheeler and away I go. Check my first camera and what do I have...ANTS. Could someone please explain to me how ants get inside a "water proof" camera??? This is the third time I've had this happen on three different cameras. #@%&%$#@!!! So I remove the batteries, clean it out and get it operational again. Back on the 4-wheeler and what do I feel?? Some type of liquid falling on me.... #@%&%$#@!!! Luckily I'm about a 1/4 mile from the cabin so I throw my steed in gear and high tail it to get on the porch right as the downpour starts. I pretty much like a cat...I hate to get wet. The dude singing in the rain isn't me. If you see me out in the rain cover the kids ears because I'll be the one cussing in the rain. So after about 20 minutes the rain stops and I head out to check the rest of the camera. I'm happy to say the rest of the trip was uneventful.

However, it was well worth getting wet to see the really good pics I got last week. Luckily I got some better pics of the triplets, another bigger bear, and a hawk.

I'll start out with the triplets and hopefully get the other posted later this week.

You'll notice in the first couple of pics it looks like mama knows something isn't quite right but she's not sure what it is. Luckily she don't bother the camera.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bear Rub

Before I get to the bear rub I had another little adventure last week. I moved a couple of my cameras after one of my buddy's and some of the neighbors spotted an unidentified creature roaming around. My buddy saw it right at dusk one evening in the cabin pond and at first thought it was a beaver but when it came out of the water it wasn't a beaver. While looking somewhat like a weasel everyone thought it was much too big the be a weasel. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it on camera and no one has seen it since. After researching it appears to be very similar to a Fisher. Only problem is Fisher range is far to the North of us. Hopefully someone will get it on camera if it reappears.
Anyway back to the bear rub. I've seen standing trees used by bear to rub and scratch on but this is a first one I've seen rubbing on a down tree. It'll be interesting to see if he comes back and uses it again. Also got a couple of more good fawn pics at the Mt. Pond.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

First Fawn

Got my first fawn of the year on camera last week. We've been seeing a lot of fawns this year. I saw a doe and fawn on the power line last week. The fawn was still hobbling when it tried to walk. A friend of mine was mowing hay last week and had to stop the tractor and haybine to move two fawns out of the way. He said they were so young that they were still wet from being born. By the time he came around the field again the mama doe had disappeared with them. Sadly one or two fawns get run over each year with the haybines. The fawns just will not move for anything when they're very young and you have to be watching carefully in the tall hay to see them.