Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Last weekend, I set up the game camera, and I dumped out a few cans of sardines and spread the oil out in front of it.

This is what I got when I collected the SD card this evening.

WV coyote 1

An eastern coyote!

If you zoom in you can see it has a wolfy head, and it’s pretty robust. It’s been living high on the hog on dimwitted cottontails this summer.

wv coyote 2

wv coyote 3

close up of wv coyote

Look at how wolfy that head is!

Eastern coyotes have come into this part of the East from Canada, where they have received a bit of Canis lupus lycaon genes, and they are a bit more likely to pack up and hunt deer than their Western counterparts.

If you are wondering how big it is, I do have a photo of Miley in about the same place, which was also taken from the game cam. Miley is bigger than it is.

But it’s not a small coyote.

WV coyote golden retriever comparison

I think the coyote is in about the same spot as Miley, but it could be a bit closer to the camera than she is. Miley is 23 inches at the shoulder and 75ish pounds. Domestic dogs are usually much more heavily built than coyotes are–even those that have a bit of wolf in them.

I was trying to get more photos of raccoons, but I think I’ll settle for a coyote.




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Monarch of the milkweed

A monarch butterfly.  Utterly dependent up milkweed. But stunning.




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I met a little buck on the path today. (Note the little “buttons” on his head.)


But the little prickett didn’t stay for long.


He did leave this behind, though:



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Pollinators do their thing





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Disapproving doe


Why she’s so ticked off:


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Deer patties

When white-tailed deer eat twigs and nuts during the winter and fall, their poop is in pellet form.

This time of year, when the grasses and leaves are succulent, they produce what look like miniature cow patties.



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Or that of a raccoon, which has been hunting frogs in one of access road trenches.


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The tent caterpillars are thick this spring. They have already denuded this black cherry tree.

They are so named because they hatch out and form these silken “tents” where they remain for the first few weeks as caterpillars.


They then wander off to find other trees to pillage and then form their cocoons.



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Steve Rinella explains why:


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