Monday, May 20, 2013

Moose Babies Only Bigger

I was pleased to discover Moose sign and tracks near my Game Cameras and even more pleased to see that last year's babies both made it through Winter and it appears Momma is getting ready to have more.

Not the greatest picture we got but it does show the three together.

We also saw three Mule Deer Does, all pregnant and five Whitetail Deer Does, two of which have babies on the way, the others all look like yearlings.  They spent a good many hours in the meadow feeding and cavorting - I was not always sure it was in fun though - lots of chasing and even some rearing up and kicking.  Interesting.

Woodpeckers - Winged Termites

Typically we arrive at the Yonderosa with the expectation of an enjoyable and relaxing visit.  Seeing the wood chips on the step in those first moments certainly makes that sort of optimism challenging.

Apparently my soffit vents are good targets for Flickers.

 As are Gable Ends

I has sufficiant materials and tools to repair the shingles on the gables but I wasn't able to repair the soffits in a satisfactory way.  I will fabricate them at home and install them on my next visit.

The damage they can do is impressive.  I have taken some countermeasures that have worked for me in the past to discourage them but only time will tell if they work this time.   

Before now Free Range Cattle was the most destructive critter at the Yonderosa.  The Flickers actually bore holes large enough that Bats, Hornets and rodents could gain access.