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It has been a difficult month for the deer. We had over 40 inches of snow in February and they are having problems finding food. I noticed three of them out along the woods eating on tree branches. The neighbor, who farms, has been putting hay out for them.

 

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I happened to be looking out the window and noticed this 8 point buck standing out near the woods. I grabbed the camera was photographing him when I noticed he was looking at something. As I watch a doe came walking along. When the doe noticed the buck it took off running past him. The buck seemed totally uninterested but then it wandered into the woods and seemed to be following the doe.

 

 

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 several¬† 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.

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Skunk

Raccoons

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.

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.

We drove the Wildlife Loop several times during our visit to Custer State Park.¬† Of course the main attraction were the Buffalo. Our visit was a couple of weeks before the roundup and we were surprised to find most of the buffalo hanging out in the roundup parking lot or around the buffalo pens. That would have made the roundup easy but then there wouldn’t have been anything for the tourists to see.

We did see a number of Pronghorns during our visit. The first photo shows one chasing a female. The female had run across the road a few minutes before and he was right behind her.

No visit would be complete without a photo of the Prairie Dogs.

The burros were hanging around in the same area as the Buffalo. It’s funny, when the roundup starts the burros are always in hanging around the Buffalo but they usually head for the hills just before it starts.

Driving through in the evening we were able to see a number of deer.

These are the critters I photographed around the farm this week. This White-tailed Deer doe has been hanging around in the Prairie in the morning and evening. We suspect she has a faun around but haven’t see it. We did see a doe and faun along the road but not sure it was the same one. They ran along the edged of the road in front of the car before finally heading off into the woods.

We have had a Racoon hanging around under the bird feeder. Late in the day I was photographing a rabbit when I noticed movement out in the yard and a Racoon was running toward the house. I later caught it under the bird feeder. The next evening my wife caught it looking in the screen door on the back porch. It likes to do it’s business on our back porch.

This rabbit was under the bird feeder when I first saw it.

 

When I went out to pick tomatoes this summer I noticed that someone had been eating them. I couldn’t figure who like tomatoes but a couple of days later I spotted the culprits in the garden.

Last week I noticed a White-tailed Deer in the yard. I watched it for a while as it moved around in the Yard. It finally noticed me.

After a while it made some strange sounds as it ran off.

About 10 minutes later it came running back making the same strange sounds. I thought she might have misplace her faun the way she was wandering around and calling.

We made a late spring visit to Crex Meadows last week. Our first stop was a Bald Eagle nest on Phantom Lake Road. One of the adults was sitting by the nest and there were two young in the nest. It looked like they were just about ready to leave the nest.

When we reached Phantom Lake we found a number of pairs of Canada Geese with their young. This adult seemed to be upset with something and it kept chasing other geese.

There were a number of pairs of Trumpeter Swans with their young. The adults were furiously churning the water. I assume to free plants from the bottom so they would float to the surface and the Cygnets could feed on them.

One of the popular attractions this year has been Killdeer nesting in the roads around the flowage.

We also found this Leatherback Turtle laying eggs along the road.

The spring flowers were out in the meadows. Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Water Lilies were common.

We encountered a number of White-tailed Deer in our drive through the meadows.

The young ducks have also hatched and could be found on the flowages.