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.
A few weeks ago I was catching Kentucky bass, now it looks like white bass are in the area. I’m not sure if they are moving around or if I’m just now hooking them. But schools are thrashing the water and right now they seem to be in control of the area. I landed one that was a little bit over 16 inches. A nice hefty fish that made me utter “steaks” while I was cleaning it, rather than “fillets”. I wish I could have landed that second one. I learned that I should have cast again immediately into that school, rather than waste time putting the first on the stringer.
The bass are still hitting in the shallows. I walk my dog to the lake, pretty much every day, so I figure I might as well drop a line in the water and catch some dinner. I didn’t bring the canoe and I wasn’t having any luck from shore, so I met the fish halfway. The water is still warm but the air is getting cooler. Once again, I have my best luck after sunset. I’ll work on getting my headgear arranged with lights so the scene won’t be so dark, but it’s light enough to see some action on this video. I caught three and released one. When I caught the 16″ bass, I thought about letting the 13″ go but decided I was hungry and I don’t know when they will stop hitting. Gotta get ’em while the gettin’ is good.
Here’s a quick video of some paddling around, a few casts and then I get a hit right at the boat. This is along the bank of a small island, which is also easily fished from shore. But the canoe is just fun to paddle around in and it’s an easy trek back and forth from home. Continue reading Canoe Fishing For Kentucky Bass
Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of migrating cedar waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready. There were plenty of berries to go around but not enough space for all the birds at once. They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, while the bulk of the flock waited in a nearby oak tree.
These birds are very considerate to each other and have been known to form chains and pass berries along. When the flock is larger than the tree, cooperation is the key!