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I’ve had a variety of birds at my feeder. I was particularly happy to see a Pileated Woodpecker several times last week.

Pileated Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

Downy Woodpeckers

Dark-eyed Junco

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

American Goldfinch


I had quite a few Northern Cardinals show up at my feeders during a brief snowstorm.


A month ago I joined a Wisconsin DNR program called Snapshot Wisconsin. I went to a training session in Spooner, Wisconsin where I was given instructions and the camera equipment. The DNR is looking for volunteers to place trail cameras all over the state. The data is then used to the conditions of various species. The trail cameras are free but you are required to upload the photos periodically and then go through the photos and identify if they contain people (these are deleted), if the photo is blank or what type of animal is in the photo. I’ve been through the process several times and it does require severalĀ  hours every few weeks. It depends upon how much wildlife you have in your area. These are a few of the shots from the first month of activity.

Most of my activity consisted of White-tailed Deer including a nice buck that has been hanging around. I extracted the photos near the end of deer season but I don’t know if the buck survived. Since the season ended I have seen the four does that were hanging around.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer



Hunters are always complaining that there are no deer. It might be that the deer are all in my front yard. At least they were the first couple of days of deer season. These two were part of a small herd of five that were frolicking in the front yard.

I found this one looking in my front window. She was busy eating under the bird feeder. She looked malnourished and we were wondering if she wasn’t suffering from Chronic wasting disease . She turned up at the feeder four times during the day.

The first snowfall of the season brought a large number of birds out to the feeders. At one point there were 35 Goldfinches at the feeder.

We were just about to head out on a hiking trip when my wife noticed a White-tailed Deer in the front yard. I grabbed the camera and took a few photos. It turned out to be a six point buck that has been hanging around the farm.

A last walk through the woods produced a few fall photos before the weekend snowstorm.


I was out doing some fall cleanup when I notice this fellow making his way around the house. I’ve had problems with Groundhogs before. Once one had gotten into the house and did considerable damage. Another time they had taken up residence under a deck. I urged him to be on his way and find some other place to take up residence.


The last few weeks I’ve been walking around the farm looking for insects. These are just a few of what I’ve found.


These are a few of the late summer flowers blooming around the farm.