Thursday, August 21, 2014

Busy Week

I can't believe it is almost the end of August.  This week has been exceptionally busy trying to finish up state fair projects with my nephew, finalize my submission to the J.C. Raulston Arboretum photo contest and finish one of my donations to the Yates Mill organization that keeps the mill going at the local park I visit.

I take my photos in tomorrow with the reception/awards ceremony Saturday evening.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Since the photos cannot have been published prior to the contest I will share those after Saturday.   I am okay with the two photos I am submitting but you never know what the judges like.

The donation of the toy owls for the Harvest sale were much more involved than I anticipated.  I though I would get a dozen done but have settled for eight with everything else going on.  They turned out pretty cute.  The little pulley hands on a hanger and when you pull the string, the owl climbs the string and the wings rotate.

I had a female or young Black-and-white Warbler stop by this morning early.  The light colored face is a pretty good indicator of a female or juvenile.  I think it is the first time I can remember seeing one though I have always seen lots of male B&W's around.

The fawns are more and more beginning to wander off on their own though the doe is generally somewhere in the area.  This fawn did not like the liriope grass but did favor the flowers.  It walked along gently nibbling off the flowers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Signs of Autumn

Signs that the fall migration has begun is evidenced by the arrival of some warblers and American Redstarts.  The female was a bit shy hiding in the leaves but the male that came this afternoon spent time bathing and preening.

Acorns have begun falling and the deer show up in the mornings pawing the leaves and looking for them.  The doe with the twin fawns was here early this morning.  The sun had not yet made it to the front of the house so the photos are not the best.

The fawns are losing some of their very dark color and have grown quite a bit.  I grabbed the camera up this morning and they were almost too close for the lens I had on the camera.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rain, rain and more rain

What a messy day it has wise.  Rain gauge shows two inches so far.  I went down to my cousin's farm yesterday afternoon to retrieve the trail camera.  There had been lots of action near the corn field and we (nephew and I) hoped to get some good shots.

We parked some distance away and walked in hoping to come up on the fawn that has been hanging out in that area.  We did see the fawn but it ran off quickly.  As we got closer to the location, the fox that has been hanging out in the corn field popped out.

It seemed very curious about us and made no attempt to run.  It turned to watch us as we stood taking photographs.

Finally it turned and went back in the corn field.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Finally some sunshine today.  I spent most of the day cutting up limbs.  I had lots of tree trimming done yesterday but the price only included the cutting.  Glad that job is done.

Back during the spring, one of the escaped sunflower seeds from the bird feeder sprouted.  I dug it up and put it in a pot on the deck.  The Goldfinches started coming to it while it was blooming looking for insects and today, this male GF visited the plant twice tearing out the seeds.  I think next year I will fix an area to plant a little plot of them.

I am looking forward to taking my nephew out tomorrow to do some photography.  With all the rain we have had, there are some really amazing mushrooms out now.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gray Fox

I took my nephew out for a bit this morning to try and find some old farm scenes to photograph for his entry in the State Fair this year.  We first went down to my Grandmother's old farm where a few of the old tractor sheds remain.  The old farm is getting on its last leg.  When we pulled up, I noticed some movement on top of the roof.  Was I surprised!  A fox was  up on top of the roof.  It sat up when we pulled up and sat and looked at us.  Eventually it climbed higher and disappeared down the roofline.

We pulled around in time to see it coming down a tree that had grown up beside the house.  Yes, Gray Foxes do climb.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An Then There Were Three

I have been going nuts for the last couple of days trying to find the key to the cable lock I use to mount the trail camera to a tree.  I finally found it today with fingers crossed there was still space on the SD card to capture what I saw today.  Unfortunately, the card was filled and the great fawn shots that would have been are not.  Isn't that the way it goes.

I was pretty surprised on a third fawn.  The matriarch of the herd (on the right) has had twin fawns for the last three years and so it looks that the two smallest fawns are both hers.  After looking at many pictures, she has nursed both of those.  The other fawn which appears a bit older belongs to the daughter.

The fox couple has shown up several times but I have not seen any kits this year.  Hopefully they had some and have just not brought them up.

After closely looking at the photos, I realize that the buck coming up is the same one I noticed back during the winter had a broken leg.  I figured he probably would not make it through the winter but he is still hopping along.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hot and Humid

What a miserable weekend it has been weather wise.  An early morning storm here kept it from getting as hot as predicted by the weather folks but it was not a pleasant day to be outside.

Friday, I started working with my nephew ( age 10) on one of his projects for the State Fair.  We usually do a couple of entries and one of his entries this year will be a decorated dried gourd.  His attention span is only a couple of hours at a time so it has taken us three days with finishing it up today.  I can't believe I forgot to take a photo!  I figured we needed to get this project completed before he started by to school.  Hard to believe fall is not that far away.

The frog soaking in the fountain had the right idea today.  I think if I could have found some water to laze around in I might have done the same.

Looking forward to the cooler, drier weather that is suppose to come in after tomorrow!

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