Thursday, December 24, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wild Violet Salad! Yum! Yum!

Wild violet salad - yum! yum!

This white-tail deer is enjoying a meal of the wild violets that I allow to grow under this oak tree. We have lived here for 10 years now and this is the first year that the flower leaves have become a dinning treat for the deer or any other critter. I had heard of deer nibbling on hosta leaves and as you see there is one in the middle of the violets, but it has not been touched, at least not at the time of this scouting camera capture!

You've got to love these little HCO Infrared Digital Scouting Cameras! I expected it would have to be a doe and/or fawn doing the nibbling but now I know for sure.

Along side our gravel driveway are some wild rose bushes growing. Each morning we find fresh tracks, evidence of a doe and fawn sampling the rose hips and even snacking on a rose branch - ouch! Watch out for those thorns.

I do know that on our small 10 acres the acorns are few this year and I saw no beech nuts on our trees. We have quite a few old apple trees and odd to look around and see some apples on one tree and none on the two right next to it. It appears the usual wildlife food is not in abundance this year, but I can only go on what I see on our small piece of land.

Has anyone else noticed the lack of wildlife food?

Take care and enjoy! :) Coppertop

Friday, October 09, 2009

What happens at night in the woods.........

Ever wonder what goes on at night in the woods - what creatures are stirring? Owning a scouting camera answers those questions, what a cleaver invention! I have used scouting cameras now for 3 years and just love them. Some people use them to be able to determine areas to hunt but mine are just for pleasure. I love watching the wildlife in my own backyard and these little cameras have extended that watching into the night while I am sleeping!

I've posted my most recent scouting camera photos below and hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Take time and enjoy life! :) Coppertop

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Good book to read!

This is not something I normally do and being a relative of my hubby wrote this book, I’m going to take liberty and brag some.

First let me tell you a little about the author, Ted Blanchard. He was born in Presque Isle, Maine and still resides there. While in high school he took up pen pal writing with great enjoyment. There was a time when he was writing as many as twenty-three letters monthly to his pen pal friends. Sixty years later and he still corresponds with one in England and one in Australia. Ted has written several short stories, this being his first novel.

The book is named “Laura” and is about a young man in the army awaiting his discharge. Anxious to return to his home state of Maine, he falls in love with an army officer’s wife. He does return to the hard work and life he loves in Northern Maine. Shortly after meets a beautiful woman and his life is somewhat normal until—an old army buddy comes visiting.

The description of Maine’s wilderness can only be written by someone who has a deep love and knowledge of the area. “Laura” is a 206 page soft bound book published by Monkey Publishing in Caribou, Maine and can be found for sale on their web site.

If you enjoy a good story and Maine life, you certainly should enjoy this novel. It is well suited to all ages, being male or female.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bear back again!

Much to my surprise and delight this young Maine black bear has visited our backyard woods five times now over the past fourteen days. Even more surprising is that he does not mind the flash of the game camera and stays an average of an hour each visit. In some photos it even looks like he might be taking a nap! Below are just a few of the over four hundred photos he has allowed the game camera to capture thus far. I do hope you enjoy them. Take a moment to look around you! :) Coppertop

Monday, June 29, 2009

Game camera Surprise - BEAR!

It's been about 4 days since I last checked the game cams (even longer since I posted). So in-between the rain drops today I ventured down to the woods. The turkeys have moved on and lately have been getting coon pictures along with one lone doe. BUT today was different! I had 482 pictures, of those 120 were of a young bear that hung around for 57 minutes! What a treat to find on such a dreary, depressing, rainy day! The camera flash went off in some pictures so they look a little washed out.

What is the above picture you ask? Well! I would guess the bear checked the camera out up close and personal - thank goodness he did NOT decide the camera might make a meal!

I love the above photo - as if he/she is posing for the camera!

Another nice pose! Wonder what it is thinking - he/she seems to be looking towards the camera! :) Hope you enjoyed my photos - take a moment to enjoy your backyard. :) Coppertop

Did you know...
Although they appear slow and lumbering, bears can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hours?
Bear cubs have blue eyes, which turn brown during their first summer?
Bears may remain in their dens for 5-6 months each year in Maine. During this time they do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate?

NOTE: Above "Did you know?" information obtained from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

May's Game Camera Photos

Below in no particular order are a sample of the critters I have been getting on my two scouting cameras this past month. Healthly looking raccoons; fox, one lone doe and lots of wild turkeys!
White-tail deer are not the prettiest at this time of year as they shed their winter fur for summer coats. The male turkeys are still calling and strutting!

I do hope you have enjoyed my game cam photos. Do stop by again soon! Enjoy :) Coppertop

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I was elated to come across these Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers today walking along our property. This photo shows a shorter one next to the taller, there is actually another taller one behind making three flowers in this group. The Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a wildflower that blooms between May and June and thrives in the moist shady deciduous woods. A cluster of red Berries will form in late summer or early fall and are an attractive food source for birds such as thrushes, rodents, etc. Leaves and fruits contain calcium oxalate that can irritate the skin so it is important to wear gloves if you are going to handle.

Jack-in-the-pulpit is Arisaema triphyllum of the arum family, Araceae. Other Names are: Indian Turnip, arum, three-leaved arum, dragon-turnip, brown dragon, devil's-ear, marsh turnip, bog onion, priest's-pintle, lords-and-ladies.

Did you notice the wild strawberry plants in the above photo also? Our property has an abundance of these plants; the berries are small but oh so sweet!

Did you find something new/different in your backyard today? Slow your pace and take a look around, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised! Enjoy :) Coppertop

Friday, May 08, 2009

Hummingbird Time in Maine

About 4pm this afternoon I saw our first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the year! A male landed on a feeder I had put out this past week in anticipation of their arrival.
I sat outside for a short time eariler this evening watching the birds at a feeder and took a few photos I would like to share with you. As I was sitting and watching the song birds, I suddenly remembered that the hummers liked to sit in the oak tree so I started to scan the many branches and sure enough there he was! :) To my delight he sat still long enough for me to snap off a couple shots, he then moved on to another branch and I was able to get a few more. The photos here are all of the same one lonely male hummer. I wonder if more will arrive tomorrow - will just have to wait and see!

Earlier today while doing some yard work I thought I had heard a bluebird but at that time could not spot it. This evening a male landed in our oak tree and ate his supper!

The male goldfinches have all their color back again now and are they not bright yellow!

The white-breasted nuthatch is a treat to watch as they manuveur upside down the tree trunks and at the feeder!

It is so amazing how much entertainment one can find in their own backyard and its FREE!
I do hope you all take time to enjoy the wildlife in your own backyards! :) Coppertop

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Newest game cam photos - BIG Porcupine!

Ok the above tree swallow photo is not from the game cameras but just could not help but add to this post—I just love watching these birds! They seem to put on airs like human husbands and wives!

This is one big porcupine, largest I have ever seen anyways! Looks like it was back again last evening by the photo below.

Action is with the turkeys this time of year and good to see and hear them in our area again! Calling, strutting and a lot of dramatics can be observed when wild turkeys are around.

Wild turkeys are early risers!

I don't think I would argue with this coon, he looks pretty tough!

A doe has started to check this spot out nightly now, this is the 3rd night in row the game camera captured a photo of her. I was surprised to see the little mouse running off (left hand side of picture).

Hope you enjoyed my latest game camera photos—stop by anytime and feel free to leave a comment below! :) Coppertop