Sunday, September 23, 2007

SEPTEMBER 23 - SCOUTING CAMERA

Well, I thought I was smart! I put my scouting camera on a good trail a couple days ago, at least I thought it was a good deer trail - right under an apple tree and packed down trail. Apples over the ground and fairly close quarters - good spot for some nice close white-tailed deer photos.
Sure - photos are of porcupines! Guess this is a porcupine trail not a deer trail! :) Camera has been moved.
Enjoy - Coppertop :)






Saturday, September 22, 2007

BABY SNAPPING TURTLES





My goodness - I can't believe it is almost October already!

For the past four years we have had a Mother Snapping Turtle lay her eggs in our yard, usually under our mailbox! This year they hatched out September 19th and 31 babies were found as they struggled to get out of their dirt nest and find their way to their new homes. It is simply amazing how they get out of the nest to begin with let alone the journey they must make to their new home, all along the way predators lurking.

A friend and I gathered up the little turtles and transported to the nearby bog, where we sat them on ground away from the water so they could pick their own spot. It wasn't long and they were on their way, each their own and one by one made it to the water. We watched in admiration and wondered how many would make it to adulthood.
Enjoy - Coppertop :)