On our travels around the ‘hood, we’re seeing more and more fawns. They sure do grow up fast.
When we pulled into a parking lot, these two were right out in front of the truck with Mom bringing up the rear. (All of these pictures were taken through the front window, so they’re not exactly crystal clear).
I can’t guarantee this will be the last snapping turtle picture I’m going to share with you, but I couldn’t believe this one. She’s got algae growing on her shell and looks like some kind of little bugs too. And if that’s not bad enough, there’s a slug on her head.But she was laying more eggs and most likely whatever comes along, digs them up and eats them will do that again. It’s no wonder they lay so many eggs. This article says 30-80. I’m thinking it could be more.
Posted by Cindy at 3:43 PM
This week it rained for three days straight. It’s always good to get rainfall, but that was a little too much. With the beavers gone, it caused the dam to get washed out even more and the water level in the pond is dropping. But that’s okay, it’s all part of nature. This shows the water rushing through the opening.
All the rain has caused the lake levels to rise too. The pier on this lake is under water. I know, this is nothing compared to the flooding going on all over the country. I feel very bad for all those people and their communities.
Apparently the old culvert gave out. The workers replaced it and now it’s just another bump in the road.
On our way back to the cabin, we saw this deer that was totally freaked out by a turtle. It was really funny watching her. She should’ve run off when our truck came along but she couldn’t take her eyes off that turtle.
Finally she ran off, but not very far. Even from the edge of the pines, she couldn’t stop looking at that turtle!
Funny little doe.
Posted by Cindy at 4:04 PM
We’re starting to see lots of fawns now as well as other little ones. Here’s one of two little gray foxes that were denned near the road. This was the last day I saw the robins in the nest. They’re out fending for themselves now.These turtles didn’t make it. I know I’ve showed you lots of pictures of turtles laying eggs, but this is what happens to many of them. Raccoons dig them up and all that’s left are the shells.Here is a mother grouse and if you look real close you can see a couple little ones. Hint: see the stick in the left corner? To the right of it are dark spots that are the tail feathers of the little birds. We’ve driven by this nest many times and I just noticed it. It’s some type of young hawk.And finally last night the little doe and her new fawn came to visit. This picture is from the trail cam. Much better than the ones I took through 3 panes of glass. On the other cam, we saw this future “monster buck”. He’ll need a few years, but they all start small.
Posted by Cindy at 6:47 AM
…for seeing wildlife. On our way into town this morning I noticed something really black along the edge of the road and sure enough, a bear! Here’s a little video I made with pictures I took through the truck window. That’s part of why it’s so hazy.
A little further down the same road were two turtles, laying eggs. One on my side, one on Jim’s side. The second one looks like she’s really working hard to push that egg out!
We took a walk on the Brule Bog Boardwalk and it was like being in a fairyland with lots of ferns, flowers, mushrooms and moss. Anyway, my friend Anna told me that was a good place to look for pink lady slippers. I’d never seen one, so I didn’t know exactly what or where to look for them. Well, I’ll be darned! After finally spotting one we saw them were all over the place. This has to be the most beautiful flower in the bog.
There were lots and lots of bugs, so it was take the pictures as fast as possible and get the heck out of there.
The wildlife spottings continued on our way back home. We saw a gray fox run across the road in front of us and closer to home a doe with 2 little fawns did the same. Then we see this big ol’ buzzard. Most likely there’s a dead critter somewhere nearby and this turkey vulture wants to get back to it. A face only a mother could love?
Posted by Cindy at 3:16 PM
It doesn’t matter where we go, we see turtles going to lay eggs, laying eggs or where they’ve already laid eggs.
There are turtles out on the little island in the pond. They hang out there, laying eggs and even let the wood duck join their party.
Posted by Cindy at 2:59 PM
On our way to Superior we saw our third fawn of the year. This time it was right in the middle of the road with it’s mom.
They kept running down the road and we slowly followed behind them, trying to get close, but also trying not to spook them.
Hopefully the next one will stand still so I can get a decent picture of it.
Posted by Cindy at 6:08 AM