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Since we are stranded on the farm during the Covid outbreak we have been walking along the local road each evening. On several occasions we have observed a Wild Turkey out in the field. On another occasion we flushed a whole family and the all flew off including the young. Unfortunately I didn’t have the camera along that day.

 

This is the first time that I have captured Coyote pups on my trail cam. There appeared to be five of them and the were around for a couple of days.

I am also starting to see quite a few White-tailed Deer bucks. Most of them just have nubs sticking up but this one has the start of a nice rack.

There was also one Wild Turkey that turned up.

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It has been about two weeks since I last checked my trail camera. With spring nearing there has been a lot of activity. Most of it has been White-tailed Deer. They are really curious about the camera and seem to spend a lot of time looking at it. This results in a lot of useless photos. I’ve seen only one buck the in the last month.

 

I’ve had a fair number of Wild Turkeys posing for the camera.

In addition I’ve had a pair of Coyotes wandering past the camera. This is the first time I’ve seen a pair of Coyotes. There have also been the usual cast of characters, squirrels, Raccoons are now out and about, the neighbors cat has also been around.

 

 

The White-tailed deer were moving around in February probably because we had so many warm days. For some reason I captured quite a few photos of deer looking right into the camera. One one shot of a buck and this corresponds to what I’ve seen around the house. Lots of doe’s but no bucks.

The Wild Turkeys were moving around as well. I had a flock of 30 plus that I would see around the house. However this past week they seemed to have dissapeared. It might be because it is mating season.

A few squirrels were out running around.

This winter I’ve had a flock of about 35 Wild Turkeys hanging around the farm. They usually turn up at the house around 9:30 in the morning. If we are not too active they come right up to the house.

I had some nice captures on my trail camera the last time I checked it. This Fisher has been hanging around most of the summer and has been killing a lot of wildlife. Some of the hunters in the area are not too happy.

Fisher

I’ve been seeing a few Coyotes on the trail camera and have been hearing them at night.

Coyote

The White-tailed deer fawns are getting big.

White-tailed deer fawn

The White-tailed deer buck have almost fully grown antlers.

White-tailed deer buck

A few Wild Turkeys are around but I’ve not seen any large families. Maybe the Fisher is taking them.

Wild Turkey

It looks like wildlife is starting to move around a bit more now that the snow is gone. I has quite a few racoon shots this time.

Racoon

There were also quite a few deer photos. This one was looking right into the camera.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

The wild turkeys were also on the move.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

With the warmer weather I’ve started to see Wild Turkeys wandering around the farm. These were a group of 12 that I noticed walking along the edge of the woods. They are easily spooked, even when I’m in the house, so I felt lucky to get some photos.

 

We had made two trips on the Wildlife Loop in Custer State park but still hadn’t seen many Buffalo. After a stop at Crazy Horse Monument we drove over to Silvan Lake in Custer State Park. It’s always nice at the lake.

We were thinking of driving to Custer for Dinner but then decided that since we were going to be driving out to the Wildlife Loop we should stop at the State Game Lodge for Dinner. It was a big hit. After Dinner we once again started searching for Buffalo.

We drove out on a dirt road and did find about 25 buffalo but they were too far away to photograph. We also found a lot of Prairie Dogs. There were a large group of them clustered around a single hole.

We drove back to the Wildlife Loop and hadn’t gone far when we encountered a family of Wild Turkeys. I think this is the first time I had seen Wild Turkeys in the park.

We also encountered the Begging Burrows.

As we drove around the park there were some ominous clouds in the sky. The weather was supposed to get nasty later in the evening.

Still no Buffalo but as we neared the end of the Wildlife Loop we hit the mother load. There were probably 400 Buffalo along the road and a long traffic Jam. It took us 45 minutes to get through the herd because the Buffalo were constantly wandering across the road. You don’t want to iterate them particularity during the fall rut. As some of them passed the car they gave us a dirty look.

Success at last. The next morning we drove out again and the large herd was still in the same area.

Early the next morning we headed back to Capital Reef. Our goal was to hike the Hickman Bridge Trail. Even though it was early the parking lot was filling up. On of the things we learned on this trip is that if you want a place to park get their early. The trail was well marked and there were a fair number of people on it. Fortunately when we reached Hickman Bridge we had the place to ourselves for a while. However it wasn’t long before the selfie group turned up.

More photos from capital Reef can be found on my website.

As we drove past one of the orchards on the way to the trailhead we encountered a bunch of Wild Turkeys. We, along with a number of others, stopped to get some photos. It was mating season and the males were putting on quite a display. We also stopped for a few photos of the petroglyphs.