Spring Is in the Air

The weather is always crazy this time of year in New England. Some days feel like summer, some days feel like winter, but few days actually feel like spring.

The animals start acting crazy too, and that’s how you know it’s spring. Examples that I’ve seen in just the past week include:

  • Two chickadees fighting

  • Two cottontail rabbits fighting 
  • Two different gobblers strutting for hens

On my trail camera, I caught two raccoons getting frisky.

Then one of the raccoons then went after the camera.

Dad has his bears attacking his cameras, and I have raccoons attacking mine. I guess that’s the difference between rural hunting and suburban hunting.

Something about the camera spooked this button buck.

His mom has a sizable scar, but she seems no worse for the wear.

After a long, cold winter (and a cold spring!), I go a little crazy too. To cope, I start preparing my hunting gear. I started by hand-washing, drying, and waterproofing (with Camp Dry) my camo rain jackets.

Hand Wash Only

Hand Wash Only

Let’s hope we get enough spring-like weather to get in some archery practice and fishing soon!

~ Tony

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Suburban Menagerie

I finally got around to checking the camera on Saturday, and there was quite a variety of life to be seen in those 93 30-second videos.

The first video was of me dropping a dead mouse on the log in front of the camera at 4:30 PM on March 26. (I had found the mouse in the woods on the way to the camera.) Less than 12 hours later, a red fox came by to snatch up the snack. Notice how he shakes it, even though it is already dead. Old habits die hard, I guess.

And, of course, there were deer videos, but surprisingly only three. The best one is of this doe, who showed up just four hours after the fox. She’s displaying typical nervous deer behavior, including a twitching tail.

There were also, the ever-present cottontail rabbit videos. I’ve never posted one here before because they’re typically quite boring. Mostly, the rabbits just sit still. This time, we got two videos that show a rabbit browsing several of the newly formed buds, which makes for slightly more interesting viewing.

Spread out over the two weeks were five raccoon videos. One cleaning its tail.

Another video that I can only assume is a raccoon, is one where the camera is being molested.

Because the camera is now pointed at the river, we were also able to catch a drake mallard on video. Unfortunately, he’s out of frame in just a couple of seconds, which makes the video not worth sharing here.

We also had 37 squirrel videos, eight mouse videos, seven videos of rain, two videos of blue jays, and one of some fog.

Finally, we caught our resident wild turkeys on the camera. We got three of the four in this 30-second clip. As usual, the hen leads the pack, and her three poults follow.

~ Tony