Big Bucks, Big Snow! 11-20-18

November 20, 2018  •  1 Comment

There was an article in our local Webster-Kirkwood Times about the managed bow hunt for white-tailed deer at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Area on the weekend of 11-3-18. Powder Valley Bow Hunt a Near Bust was the title. The hunt was three days long and eight hunters managed to get one doe and one ten point buck. They should have been here the following Tuesday, 11-6-18, it was Wild Kingdom! All day long, three bucks were in and out of our half-acre yard along with one doe. It was just a bit disconcerting to see these large animals, the alpha buck charging the other two, huffing and puffing, determined to keep its prize. 

 

I'd barely sipped my coffee when the first challenger moved out from behind the black oak. That woke me up!

 

Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point  11-6-18Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point 11-6-18 Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point  11-6-18Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point 11-6-18  

 

The doe stayed somewhat hidden near the neighbor's compost area, and eventually bedded down in their honeysuckle patch. 

 

Doe in estrus 11-6-18Doe in estrus 11-6-18

 

The largest buck was moving back and forth along the path, sniffing and charging to the west when a challenger appeared. Needless to say, the bird feeders were not filled that day!

  White-tailed Buck 10 point  11-6-18White-tailed Buck 10 point 11-6-18 White-tailed Buck 10 point  11-6-18White-tailed Buck 10 point 11-6-18

Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point  11-6-18Challenging White-tailed Buck 8 point 11-6-18 White-tailed Buck 10 point  11-6-18White-tailed Buck 10 point 11-6-18 White-tailed Buck 10 point  11-6-18White-tailed Buck 10 point 11-6-18 White-tailed Buck 10 point  11-6-18White-tailed Buck 10 point 11-6-18

 

This activity went on all day long. The next morning, they were nowhere to be seen. Feeders were refilled once we were certain they were gone. Bird activity picked up again the next few days. A Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet and a leucistic White-throated Sparrow came in to feed and bathe.

 

Brown Creeper 11-4-18Brown Creeper 11-4-18
Golden-crowned Kinglet 11-6-18Golden-crowned Kinglet 11-6-18 Leucistic White-throated Sparrow 11-6-18Leucistic White-throated Sparrow 11-6-18

 

There are still two Red-breasted Nuthatches being seen at the feeders. They have attitude! They are certainly a favorite bird of mine and I hope they will stay through the winter this year.

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches 11-8-18Red-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches 11-8-18 Red-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches 11-8-18Red-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches 11-8-18

 

This young female Northern Flicker was looking for insects at the base of a black oak.

 

Northern Flicker juvenile  female 11-8-18Northern Flicker juvenile female 11-8-18

 

Last Thursday, 11-15-18, brought a record snowfall for November. We had 5"-6" here and counties north of us had up to 9.8". It was a busy day at the feeders and water features.

 

American Goldfinch 11-15-18American Goldfinch 11-15-18 American Goldfinches 11-15-18American Goldfinches 11-15-18 Northern Flicker 11-15-18Northern Flicker 11-15-18 Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-15-18Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-15-18 Brown Creeper 11-15-18Brown Creeper 11-15-18

 

Thanksgiving is now upon us. We are so very grateful for family, friends and neighbors and the love they share, for nature's bounty of beautiful creatures and the lessons they teach us in how to share this big blue ball called Earth.

 

... Happy Thanksgiving ...

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Geoff Anderson(non-registered)
Those are some nice deer!! I have had 3 red breasted Nuthatches show up at my feeders and they have been here since late September. I really hope they stay around. I've been taking sooooo many pictures of them. Love them.
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