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We had some flurries a couple of weeks ago. Not much snow but what we did have were very large flakes. I notice these White-tailed Deer walking along the woods.

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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 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.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

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.

As I mentioned in an earlier post we were about to head out on a hiking trip when my wife noticed a White-tailed Deer buck in the front yard. When I grabbed the camera I reminded myself that we might see some Bald Eagles along the way. The weekend before we had driven down to Iowa and saw in excess of 20 Bald Eagles. We hadn’t gone five miles when my wife noticed this fellow along the road. We drove down the road and I got my camera out and headed back to get some photos. He posed for quite a while before flying off. We noticed he headed for a tree in the valley where there was another Bald Eagle.

We took a short fall hike on the Red Cedar State Trail. We noticed some folks ahead of us looking up into the trees so when we reached the same area we tried to find what they were looking at. We could hear a bird calling and soon found this Broad Winged Hawk sitting in a tree. We watched it for quite a while before continuing out hike. On our way back we found it was still in the same tree.

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.

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.

 

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.

In late September we spent several days in Custer State Park. While driving the Wildlife Loop we ran across the begging burros. It was good to see them because a number of them died in the fire that raced through the park last December.