May 19th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: Nightlife

A friend lent me her game-cam, which uses an infrared flash to take pictures at night.   Because of last week's storms, I hadn't used it for awhile (and before that, was checking out what comes to the lily pond near the house.)  Saturday, with no storms imminent, I took it out to Fox Pavilion and set it up.  We also put out some scraps of lamb fat from the shoulder of lamb we'd cooked earlier.


This is a gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, as is obvious from the black-tipped tail.   Gray foxes are good tree-climbers, excellent mousers and grasshopper-grabbers, and one of my favorite critters.  Unfortunately, they're very susceptible to feline distemper (which we're fairly sure is what wiped out the fox family for which Fox Pavilion is named.)    I'm always glad to see fox sign (or the fox itself!) on our place.
woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: post-storm work

Though we hope Michael gets more hours soon (or another job with more hours) it's really nice to have some help around the place...he's been cutting up downed limbs and hauling the pieces down to the brushpile in the lower gully.   There's still a lot to be done that's all Richard's...chainsawing the big limbs off the broken trees on/near the trails, for instance.   The yard tree damage is mostly taken care of, but there's the small orchard (peach tree broken limbs) and then the trail stuff--there's a big hackberry down across the fence on the north side of the west grass, right onto the main north-fence trail, a big osage orange limb down just across the creek at Tractor Ford, and limbs down on two trees on the south fenceline.

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