We took down the trail cameras on September 20th. But before they came down, we did manage to get several photos of the 12-point buck that's been seen in this area. I love this picture! This camera has a woven fabric strap that secures it to the tree and I'm sure this strap and camera are covered with "Ruth scent" from all the handling.
Here's another good shot of this magnificent buck. This is the biggest buck we've ever captured on any of our trail cameras.
In the same area, there's still a doe with her triplets and here's one of her little babies--still covered with spots!
My buddy Mike at work shot a bear in northern Minnesota a few weeks ago. I begged him for some bear steaks (because we've never tried bear, but heard it was very good). Mike obliged with a package of 4 steaks for us. It was so good! Mike told me he likes it better than venison and Mr. Johnson and I agree.
Bear........it's what's for dinner!
More goldfinch-palooza! When the level of seed goes down in the tube, more finches congregate in the seed catcher tray.....
......and in the platform feeder on the deck below the tube feeders.
Aren't they fun? I love these little birds!
A gray catbird visited early Saturday morning a couple weeks ago. This bench sits very near my little pond with the fountain and I think the catbird was trying to decide whether to "take the plunge."
The same morning (9/21) this migrating yellow warbler also stopped by the pond for a quick drink.
No red-breasted nuthatches yet, but I was surprised to see this little female purple finch stop by the nyjer feeders last Friday (9/26).
I'm in the process of choosing a shawl for the October "worthy cause" auction. I hope to get that posted by Saturday, so be sure to check back then.