Well, it finally stopped raining here and we were able to enjoy most of this Saturday outside. Because the freezer is almost empty of venison and the weather was going to be terrific, today was a deer hunting day. We were outside almost the entire day....from 5:30 this morning till about 7:00 this evening.
I enjoyed the sunrise from my treestand this morning.
And watched the sun set from another tree stand a couple miles down the road.
Unfortunately, the deer didn't receive the memo about it being a deer hunting day because I never saw a single deer the entire time I was out there! Maybe they were off somewhere just enjoying a rain free day also.
I was surprised to see quite a few yellow-rumped warblers around the field edge later this afternoon. My warbler field guide says they should be migrating through Minnesota by September 20, so these guys were kind of behind schedule. I suppose our unusually mild fall weather is still providing them with abundant food sources, so they should be okay for a while yet.
On our way home from our morning hunt, we drove past a little farm and I saw they had a few buffalo. As we were driving past slowly, I saw something.....
"Rick, Rick, stop the car and back up, I think there's a baby buffalo" I yelled. (loud sigh and some eye-rolling from Rick)
Isn't it cute? I don't think this little baby is very old.
I hope it makes it through the winter okay. Buffalo are a little bit hardier than beef or dairy cattle aren't they? Or have they lost all those wild genes that helped them to survive on the Great Plains 150 years ago?
So even if I didn't see any deer today, seeing this baby buffalo and lots of good birds made it a good "outside Saturday."