Making a Splash

Sailor on the retrieve in watercolor.

Sailor on the retrieve in watercolor.

Common Goldeneye

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Common Goldeneye on our pond this morning.

Common Goldeneye on our pond this morning.

Whimsday Bliss – Turkey Dinner Old School

Turkey dinner prep circa 1946 (American Standard ad). Now for a real throwback, turkey dinner prep 2014.

Whimsday Bliss – Baby Opossum Hanging On

Baby Opossum Hanging On

Baby Opossum Hanging On

Whimsday Bliss – Vuture Visit

Our California drought is getting bouts of wild wet weather. Over the weekend through Monday we received 4 inches of rain at our place. It was accompanied by high winds and power outages.

On Tuesday we heard barking on the deck, however no dog was in view. Sailor was under the deck, barking up a storm. Kinta kept trying to go under the deck and Blitz kept sniffing it in a search pattern she uses for bird hunting.

We didn’t give it much thought, then yesterday morning I blocked the under deck access enough to keep the dogs out and still allow the cat or whatever else was hiding to egress. Sure enough, look who wondered out…

He or she was soaked and tattered. A friend from Shasta Wildlife Rescue stopped by to pick up a donation and we observed the turkey vulture together. It looked old and a bit bedraggled, but appeared to be getting drier and stronger. This time of year, birds are fighting over nesting spots. Perhaps this one took a dunk in the pond during one such struggle, and then took shelter under the deck while the storms passed.

Dogs, being dogs, found it and sounded the alarm. Who knows, perhaps they plucked a feather or two. Lucky dogs, the vulture didn’t vomit. That’s the usual defense mechanism.

Once dried, the turkey vulture safely made its way into a tree to roost for the night. Tap on the any image and enjoy the slide show.

Whimsday Bliss – Sailor

Sailor

Meet Sailor, he’s my new boy. At 17 months old he’s still a puppy discovering his world. This morning, it was ducks on the pond.  He kept running to the pond then returning to me…Look! Ducks! Come on, DUCKS! Yep, Whimsday Bliss!

Bare Bear Butt Bliss

The area where the trail cam is located has blackberries and some old apple trees. Both favorites of the local black bears. They come by to check the ripening status of the fruit.

We like our little get away up in the mountains. No cell phone coverage, no electricity, it is a place we can truly be unplugged.

Enjoying the view of our neighbors, even if it is their backside – bliss.

Black bears

A composite of bear images with our rig to show size comparisons.

Black bear on trail cam.

Finally a smile for the camera.

This is a young black bear, we think a young female. We saw her on our drive in, just up the hill a bit.

This is a young black bear, we think a young female. We saw her on our drive in, just up the hill a bit.

Bear paw

The bare foot of the black bear.

Our little get away. No amenities to speak of, just the "bare" necessities.

Our little get away. No amenities to speak of, just the bare bear necessities. 😉

Lions, Deer, and Bears Oh Mine

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We originally set up hidden cams at various locations to catch claim jumpers. It’s a nice treat to capture the local critter population. Here is a sampling of what passed through the last 2 weeks. Of course, panning a little … Continue reading