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Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks I looked out the window this morning to see if the deer might be in the food plot and spotted a pair of wild black ducks. It’s not unusual to have wild ducks here this time of year. There isn’t any open water for them other than flooded spots like our field. Our Khaki Campbells and Runners were in their pen. I took the camera out and sneaked around the shed to get a few shots. Later,…

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Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless She showed up alone one night. I didn’t think much of it because does and fawns don’t stay close together all the time. Her mother was simply in another part of the food plot or out by the pond I imagined. It was November and there weren’t a lot of deer in the plot. A doe with twins came to the plot one day, just one day. She had bobcat scratches from her nose down the side of her…

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Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot This bear. He’s quite a character. I saw he though I don’t know this to be true, it could be a sow for all I really know. We’ll see if “he” comes back with cubs next year. I watched this bear on the next to last night I sat over bait. There were trees between us until it got to be too dark to make an ethical shot. I snapped a twig to scare…

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When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight My day started at 1:40 am with growling, hissing, snarling and a noise so eerie it creeped me out. We’re having a problem with a bobcat hanging around. That’s unusual, they’re not normally close to the house until February of bad winters. Bobcat came to mind first as I leaped out of bed and went to the window to listen. “I think the cat got a fawn…” I yelled a couple of times, “Hey!” and temporarily silenced…

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Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns “You know what I’d like to have here,” I asked my husband, Steve. “A food plot. We have the strip in the orchard the deer like but I’d really like to have a small food plot behind the back left corner of the clearing..” He agreed and we went to work cutting down trees, and by “we” I mean I cut a few small trees and he did the rest of the work. In mid-July (2016) a bulldozer…

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Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

This is an article on painted turtles I wrote for Focus On Wildlife, my column for Maine Woodland Owners. Painted Turtles Painted turtles seem to be everywhere in May and June. We see them in and on the sides of the road often in June while females are digging nests and laying eggs. They’re the most wide-spread native turtle in the United States, and the four sub-species cover the country. The painted turtle is a pond turtle with a 15-million-year…

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Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn in the Food Plot Good morning! It’s a beautiful, cool morning here on the homestead. It feels more like September than July this week. It was 48° when I looked out at 4:45 am. Here’s an awwwww to start you’re day. This little buck fawn runs like a thoroughbred through the then-tall grass (Steve mowed since this was taken) while his mom grazes. Do you know how I know it’s a buck? Can you tell? We think this fawn…

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Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake I spent last week upta camp on Upper Sysladobsis Lake. Steve and Taylor took care of the house and poultry so I could stay there to write. I get a lot of work done on the book when I’m there. I also got to watch this loon family as well as six or seven other loons for the week. This loon family consists of the two parents and two chicks. It’s hard to tell…

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Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife For Steve and me, living a life in the wild means living with wildlife. The animals we share our homestead with are special to us. We get to know some of them through personal encounters, photos on game cameras, and signs of what was in a place when we weren’t. Those signs are tracks, scat, strands and tufts of hair, what’s left of a carcass, a small blood spot in the snow. We spend a time fishing…

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Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels About a month ago a short-tailed weasel bounded past my feet and into the barn. “Slinky?” I thought so. It doesn’t seem like a weasel that didn’t know me would come so close. I sat a long time on the back porch observing Slinky last winter. She trusted me enough to come within inches of my leg. She tipped her head when I spoke, and she studied me as much as I studied her. Sometimes I’d look down…

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