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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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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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Porcupine – Living With Wildlife (and its quills)

Porcupine – Living With Wildlife (and its quills)

Porcupine Steve stopped in his tracks. “Get your camera ready, Rob.” And so I did because he knows a photo op. A big, round, slow and pokey, not-in-a-hurry-to-get-anywhere quill pig waddled down the side of the road. It took me 15 or 20 seconds of running to catch up close enough to take a few pictures but by the time I brought the camera up, the porcupine left the road and headed into the woods. I wanted great photos but…

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Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

heard the familiar noise as soon as I stepped out of the truck. “Jeeeeb. Jeeeb. Jeeep.” I wasn’t thinking about anything other than getting the mail and letting the dogs out when I heard the sound. It kind of caught me by surprise. “Jeeeb jeeeeb.” I know I know that sound….  I looked for the noise and aha, there it was, in the old ash tree across the road. Have you ever seen a duck in a tree? Wood ducks…

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Feeding Deer in Winter – Keep it Natural

Feeding Deer in Winter – Keep it Natural

Feeding Deer in Winter (My February column in Maine Woodlands) Feeding deer in winter is tricky. We mean well but we can kill deer with kindness if we aren’t careful. Farmer’s Almanac said we’d have a lot of snow this winter, and they were right. We had more snow on the ground in December here in Talmadge than we had all last winter. Steve built a new food plot for the wildlife and the deer came. There were three bucks…

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Routine Change – Freezing Cold Nights

Routine Change – Freezing Cold Nights

 Routine Change Routine change seems to happen quickly even though fall creeps in slowly, particularly this year. Last week we had daytime temperatures in the high 70’s and nighttime temps in the low 50’s. This morning the hose was frozen because the temp dipped into the high 20’s. At 10 am the water trickled through enough to get the thawing process started. Routine change: drain the hose during evening chores and make sure it’s stretched out where the morning sun…

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