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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer shots at Long Ridge

This night feeder has not shown me a fawn yet!
 The next three shots are of our Monarch garden. I never mow the lower half of the Far Field until September or October so the ground nesters, rabbits et al have lots of cover. About half of that is an intense milkweed stand where the monarchs are born late in the summer. Yesterday I counted ten monarchs in the stand. The bee is welcome, but wasn't here in time for all the apple trees. Hardly any fruit on them this year.

 Hard to tell from the picture but this track is huge, just over four and a half inches long!
 Here is another quite good sized on in the upper new clover lot...
 These Robin babes were hatched in the winter barn (there are three in the nest) and just flew out the day before yesterday. This family comes back year after year and builds in the same spot.
 But for each joyful hatching, there must be a tragedy somewhere else in nature. It is her way...Below is a scene of the last stand of one of our free ranging chickens. We think a large hawk, but cannot be sure. The next day another from the same spot, so they are semi-confined for a while. We go months without bother, and then bam!
 Some pretty doe shots below on the Far Ridge.

 Back to the mineral lick.

The bucks have disappeared for a few days in these shots. I hope to pull my cards today to see if they have returned. Wishing all out there a great and safe summer and Independence Day!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Progress Made in the LRDC Antler Department

I so enjoy watching antlers develop over the summer...
 This guy is pretty curious and I hope he stays that way!

Some pretty moms!

 This little cardinal nests very near to camp.
 More antlers, donated by Jim!
 Four baby turks with mom...taken with pocket cam.
 This buck also caught on my pocket camera. I was doing the perimeter trail and when I got to the East plot, this guy was feeding. As I fumbled for my camera, he ambled just out of the grass and stood there watching me for about a minute or two. That's why I love ATVs! Also I am glad he approves of this type of ladder stand!
 Sassy looking!
 Identical twin bucks!

With only two cameras in service, I am getting fewer pictures, but hope to place a third soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Game at Long Ridge

These are the girls and boys I have on cameras this last few weeks...nothing spectacular, and with first cut still coming in, I don't have much time for fooling around on the food plots.  I miss them, and nurturing the local deer herd is all that really interests me...

At least this little hare is hanging in there. Bobcats and coyotes regularly visit here, but this fat little guy just keeps going, and going, and going....
How about I check out this camera?

Nasty boy!

So, little bucks, does in milk, a few rabbits and coyotes, and all is normal on Long Ridge. Surprisingly few bear on camera this year, and no spring moose yet. We will wait and see. We did have a hen snatched from under our watchful eyes yesterday. Our hens are free ranging (I know, I know! that is a recipe for tragedy!) but pretty much we get by with no loss. Yesterday a hawk or some such creature grabbed one and took off with it,  and we were but 100 feet away..the screaming of the rest brought us to them, but it was too late..feathers everywhere,,,.life on the farm...)-:
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