Thursday, March 12, 2009

Walked right out of a snow shoe!

I decided to check my game cameras today as the turkeys had been in our area the past few days. A nice sunny day but with the wind chill it felt more like the arctic. I bundled up in layers of winter clothing, strapped on the snow shoes and headed down to the woods. I came to a bare spot in the woods road and as I stepped something did not feel just right. Looking down my left foot had the snow shoe binding but no snow shoe! I glanced back up my path and there it lay about 25 feet behind me. In going back to retrieve it I found a washer and one of the metal fasteners lying on top of the snow as well as the heel grip. I gathered up my parts and decided to leave them in a pile along the woods to pick on the way back home. On I continued carefully with one snow shoe, as there were ice patches and the one foot had nothing to keep it from slipping now! I made it to the first camera and was shocked to find the no pictures saved on the card. I headed over to the second camera and walked by two red squirrels at the food platform chattering at each other. They disappeared as I got closer but were right back there when I returned. Now this game camera had 548 photos on it - we were in business! The majority of photos were of turkeys but I did find six showed a raccoon, two the partridge and blue jay and some with just the blue jays. No deer! The deer are around though, we have seen them in our field during the night hours and their tell tale tracks are visible in the snow. Smart animals, the bucks especially are not in favor of the camera flash and will avoid it.
I reset the camera and headed back to the house, one snow shoe on my foot and one snow shoe in hand! I did manage to snap a few pictures of the cute red squirrels before departing the woods. Below are just a sample of the game camera pictures I retrieved today.

Enjoy - weatherman says clear for the next 5-6 days! No storms in site! :) Coppertop

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Winter Walk

I was able to get out yesterday for a short walk along a snowmobile trail. Good thing I went yesterday because today was another gloomy day in Maine with snow turning to rain. As walking I heard the roar of a plane and looking up I could see the jet stream. I pointed the camera and snapped a couple pictures. The results amazed me.

My walk although short was quite enjoyable and I was even able to get a few pictures of this adorable Chickadee singing to me as it fluttered from branch to branch on this old apple tree!
Be sure to take time out of your day for YOU and enjoy! :) Coppertop

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Morning thrill - Bohemian Waxwings!

What a thrill this morning to look out my kitchen window and see a group of birds in the Oak tree. It took me a few seconds to realize they were Bohemian Waxwings. This is not a regular visitor and I do not remember seeing this many at one time ever before.

As you can see from the above photo it is quite a cloudy morning and my photos are not the best. The two photos below I did lighten in Adobe Photoshop Elements so that the colors of these beautiful birds could be seen.

We have a couple barberry shrubs in the yard that I had transplanted from the woods and it appears they were after the winter berries. Just one problem - the shrubs are pretty well buried in the snow!

My Audubon bird book tells me the Bohemian Waxwing is a rare visitor to the northeastern U.S. in the winter. When it does appear it feeds on berries, often in large flocks. The visit was short in our backyard but they certainly made my day!

Do hope you have a wonderful weekend! :) Coppertop

Friday, March 06, 2009

Latest game camera photos

Another snow day in Maine! Seems like we are getting snow abut every other day this month! Thought I would take a couple minutes and post some of the game cameras photos I have gotten this past week! Hope you enjoy them, it certainly is a surprise each time they are checked! They are in no special order.

Remember to take time for yourself and enjoy! :) Coppertop

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Turkeys lay claim to game camera site!

I wandered down to the woods this morning and checked the game cameras, hence the above photos just three of the one hundred and eight-two! My goodness - 182 photos, yesterday afternoon on two game cameras and most all are Wild Turkeys yet only three turkeys visible and not many tracks in the snow! There might of been 5 total pictures with blue jays otherwise the three turkeys above provided all the action for the cameras!
A dreary winter day in Maine and I have been quite 'lazy' sitting in front of the TV (Hubby is tuned to the Red Sox spring training game) watching the activity at the bird feeder outside my window and crocheting.
Do hope you are enjoying your day! :) Coppertop