This week was a busy one on the mountain. I have still not been up to much in the studio given my continued recovery from surgeries on my arms and hands. The best, albeit brief, video of a juvenile eagle is my favorite.
Instead, Chippy-Doo and I have been busy with our three game cams and tracking Maine wildlife sign. We found owl pellets even some pulled deer fur, and some great shots of Maine wildlife.
Maine wildlife on the game cams this week:
- Red Fox
- Turkey Vulture
- Juvenile Eagle
The deer seem to be gathering in larger groups. Last months they were all in groups of two or three, with a brief encounter on video where they didn’t seem eager to get along. We are close to when the does give birth and I’m eager to see little spotted fawns on my cameras.
Turkey vultures are very large birds, which I find quite ugly. They only feed on dead carcasses and open their wings to look larger in order to scare off other scavengers, like ravens and crows. They are no match for the eagle which came on the camera only moments after the vultures departure.
We have never caught such a large group of turkey on camera. They are a fun Maine wildlife spectacle to watch. They seem awkward, and it often surprises people when they learn that these large birds can fly. And it’s always a treat to watch the tom display. I spooked one in the woods last week and it flew almost straight up into a giant pine near the meadow. I didn’t see if it was a tom or a hen, so didn’t bother to look for a nest. It was hard to see where it had come from.
I have not seen bobcat here in quite some time, and certainly never an eagle. We have had falcons in the past. The deer have been extremely active at all hours of the day on one cam, and occasionally on a second cam.
The carnivore cam has be very active with a coyote pair the past few months, only recently have they began visiting the most active deer and turkey areas in the meadow. They are scavengers, hunters of small Maine wildlife; including voles, rabbit and spring fawn.
The shots of raccoon, bobcat and fox are rather blurry night shots. The raccoon one is so breif and grainy that I have not bothered to upload it. They are consistent in size, behavior, and often pass by only minutes after deer pass through. The stubby tail, short legs and long, stout body are a dead giveaway for bobcat–as is the hopping, awkward run is for raccoon.
The fox is the most blurry, but I had both coyote and our house cat taken in the same spot to compare the photo with to help identify by size and body shape. They hold their tails out, are quick in open spaces and keep their heads low.
I just love the way ravens hop around, it seems so childlike and playful. They are larger than crows and that thick hackles and feathers extending further own the legs. That can be seen clearly in the close up photo below.
Over the next week I’ll be working on tree ID, pond life and other fun articles about the flora coming to life as spring in Maine comes to the front. The salamanders are breeding in vernal pools and the wood frogs and spring peepers have laid masses of eggs.