A few years ago, we had a small piebald whitetail buck on the place. He grew large enough to have spikes, then wandered off and didn’t return. There can be a lot of reasons for a small buck deer not to return – wolves, coyotes, cougars and even human hunters – but one of my students from TSJC kept reminding me that the piebald coloring pattern is often associated with health problems.
Our little guy didn’t show health problems – but he was pretty much isolated. I suspect he was rejected by some of the tough old does for looking different –
Spot was never a particularly friendly little deer – but it was fun to have him where we were able to watch him.
Recently, the coyote(s) has been on the road almost every day. Presumably hunting the turkeys. The deer are gathering in groups. -Patches
The geese have returned to the pond before they begin their journey south. The turkeys, hens and toms, are roaming the road. There are still plenty of grasshoppers for the turkeys to eat. We have had a cow elk and skunk walking the road. A surprise was the bobcat. The coyotes are hunting as a pair. The black bear and 2 cubs wandered are covering ground but doing a great job at evading the camera. Deer are common but bucks are not. The crow are on the move. -Patches
Eventually, all critters travel the driveway. Sometimes the game cam even catches them. A daytime appearance of the coyote on the driveway is unusual. He is traveling the driveway most nights. All sorts of deer use the pond and driveway. I am not sure why it always seems to surprise me that skunks climb stairs. The game cam caught one on the bridge step. For the last several days a blue heron has been hunting frogs in the pond. So far no bear sightings on the game cam. But as the apples ripen, I expect we will see them around.
Oh the Road & Around the Pond
This is an exciting time of year as we await the appearance of babies. We have does with rounded bellies. We have yet to see a fawn. The fall burning of tree stumps around the yard resulted in holes and burrows that were not always filled before winter set in. An opportunistic skunk moved into a burrow created by the removal of a tree root. Looking out the kitchen window we spotted 4 baby skunks. The babies are really cute but not particularly welcome.
He goslings are starting to color. The ducks paused to finally get their portraits. We have spotted only a handful of tadpoles. Those tadpoles are steadily growing. The turtles are on the move and on the road. We noticed a neighbor stopping to carefully remove a turtle on the road to the safety of a grassed area.
A pair of whopping cranes are occasionally stopping to hunt in the field. The coyote is hunting in the field and along the road. The feral cats are making regular treks along the road. -Patches
New on the game cam this week is a badger. The badger tends to be transitory with few Columbia grounds squirrels residing in the field to become dinner. The geese are being geese. The goslings are growing and hiking along the pond’s edge. The turkeys are being camera shy. The deer look like they need a good combing.-Patches