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Archive for October, 2014

Not a coyote, but I’ll take it:

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It’s just the musk from the glands that brought in this deer, who is apparently too wise to come into the other camera.

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pavel killed thunderchicken

Dave has had Pavel out “bark-pointing” ruffed grouse in Alberta.

The other dog is Riley, a Swedish vallhund gnome wolf.

Pavel treed two grouse, and Dave shot both.

But one wound up falling into a deep hole where the only thing that could get it would be a little terrier or maybe a ferret.

 

 

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Morning diners

I woke up this morning to these two breakfast diners, a doe and her “button buck” fawn.

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They have been eating acorns that have been blown onto the bank.  Acorns are vital for white-tailed deer in this area. They are about the only food that can give them the right amount of fat and protein to make through the winter.

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If you look closely, you can see the buttons just above his eyes.

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The buttons are the first set of antlers that a buck will have. These will be shed in mid-winter, and next year, he will likely grow what is called a spike rack.

If he were a fallow, we’d call him a prickett at that stage, but the correct term for a white-tailed deer with small antler without any tines is a “spike buck.”

 

 

 

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These were all taken last weekend. The leaves are now past peak here now.

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(This is repeat, but from a slightly different angle, with a bit better lighting)

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(Coyotes are not allowed to pee here. There are consequences!)

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I thought it was Miley. It’s clearly a relatively big canid with a robust body.

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If you look closely, though, you can clearly see the tail tip is black, and there is no feathering.

And Miley was inside at midnight last night.

And well, if you look very closely, it’s got a certain organ…

It’s a dog coyote, not a bitch.

 

 

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A wild dog

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The young drake is almost in full plumage now.

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