There’s another cold front on the way and this one is producing more snow and ice than the previous ones. I look out the window and spot a new species of bird thrashing through the leaves on the ground. It is an American robin and in the two years I’ve lived here I haven’t seen one of these before. I also notice two other species that are visiting for the first time, though I have not identified at time of writing this. I’ve only recently paid close attention to the different birds here, so I’m not sure how unique this visit is.
The Bombogenesis storm of last week may have packed the headlines but this week’s weather system was a few degrees colder. The pond refroze the night the storm blew in, after having thawed for a couple of days. It didn’t take much to get a layer of ice on the surface and the storm arrived with snow. The next day hovered at 32 degrees and a little bit of snow remained in areas shaded from sunlight. Continue reading A Bitter Cold Mid January
Spoiler alert, there isn’t any competition or mating in this video. But there are two impressive looking bucks and lots of footage of does running back and forth in the forest.
This red-shouldered hawk frequents the pond area and the open meadows around it. There are usually plenty of rabbits and snakes in the grass, and the pond holds crayfish, snakes, frogs and toads. In spite of the ample opportunities, so far I’ve only managed to capture two clips of this bird. It is very elusive and always spots me well before I spot it. Continue reading Red-Shouldered Hawk
Here’s the latest compilation of critters (mostly deer) captured by the game and trail camera. I choose multiple locations, all within Pike County, Arkansas.
The next few sunsets after Thanksgiving were phenomenal. My hands were full of fishing gear, but I did bring my phone. I shot a quick video clip of each sunset and made gif files out of them, so they’ll repeat.
Mid November and the herd is doing very well. The eight deer captured in one clip show a healthy group of doe and young deer. The bucks are roaming the area but rarely seem to pass in front of the camera.
There’s one clip, where it looks like a young deer is chasing a rabbit away, but I later realized that both were spooked and actually running from a potential threat. The older deer faces the unknown and does a foot stomp to see if anything presents any noise again. Continue reading Thanksgiving and the deer herd
I spotted one of my resident king snakes during a sunny and warm October day. This is the small one and it looks to be growing fast. I hadn’t seen it for most of the summer and I was beginning to wonder if the large one might have eaten it. I googled and googled but couldn’t find any information as to whether this type of snake will eat it’s own kind. I was relieved to spot it the other day and I snapped a pic of it, then wondered if it might be thirsty.
Continue reading Thirsty Speckled King Snake
This is a really neat area along Bull Creek, just a few miles west of Austin. The limestone cliff is dripping with cool spring water, which seeps from the upper edge. Continue reading Mossy Grotto In Central Texas
A crested caracara bird has an eventful afternoon. It starts off with a lonely, yet firm stance on a gravel patch along the Laguna Madre bay area. Continue reading Crested Caracaras Mating
There are a few questions that I still have about not only trail and game cams in general, but specifically the one I decided to purchase. The Browning Trail Camera Sub-Micro Strike Force 10MP BTC-5HD. I’ll eventually figure out most of the answers and will post updates. Following below are what must apparently be some Infrequently Answered Questions.