Saturday, 22 June 2019


There are so many critters about! First, the photos.
Finally, they've settled on a location. Four more little phoebe eggs.

I thought I'd love a photo of the eggs. It's tricky. She wasn't there when I was filling the fountain. 
I secured a sun visor mirror to a long-handled paint roller. With my left hand I snagged a photo with the videocamera!

The allium are in bloom. I took a photo of the bumble bee. Can you see who photobombed it?

The tent caterpillars have arisen. It was a bad year with huge numbers last year. We'll see how it goes this year. There is usually a cycle.

Gardening, I had someone roll on through while I was working. Can you see her?

Then, reading on the back deck, a notable sawyer visited. They seem so prehistoric!

My rain gauge has a bouncer. If it doesn't like you, you're dinner! I've left it, as there are a few bugs getting into it!

We haven't seen Fred gopher in a long time. He likes milkweed, apparently.
Fred from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

After we arrived home from our trip, we found a doe filling her face.
Deer June 16 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Trailcam tails 

This is a composite video. First, I spotted another quick mink, I copied and put it on slow motion, as it was so quick. Next the porcupine, and then the two turkeys we've been seeing daily.

trailcam from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Butch, searching for bugs. I love seeing the little thing dig, with those little opposable thumbs.

Butch from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

In the backyard...

Now, this is from a Twitter post. I know our deer have given birth, but haven't seen any. I shall keep watching. Do you know what a fawn sounds like??!! I've never heard one. I can imagine, it would ensure the bond between mother and offspring.

For more critters:

Saturday's Critters #288


eileeninmd said...


Love the sweet baby phoebes and the deer. I love your pretty allium and I found the bee. Great photos and critter videos. Thank so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

Karen said...

I do know what a fawn sounds like! Years ago we thought we had a dead fawn in our pen. (Now I know better of course). When there was no movement for several hours I decided to remove it. As I picked it up with a towel it squealed. Mom came running as it made soft bleating sounds, much like a lamb, but considerably quieter.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a lovely array you bring us today... I giggled when Fred realised he was on candid camera... and the doe's tail like a metronome! YAM xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The videos and so much fun to watch. Love all the nature you see around your place! I would want to be outside all the time! Happy weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

PS The gopher is my favorite! He was hungry! heehee!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Nice post, love your videos (trailcams). Good pics of the bees, too. I have bees and butterflies on my flowers daily now.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Good videos, it's always interesting to see what's going on around your area. I see the bee, I have them on my flowers too.

Anvilcloud said...

Creative use of a paint roller.

Jenn Jilks said...

Actually, there is a little blue moth on the right hand allium bloom!

Nora said...

oh I love the tiny baby Phoebe, we seldom get that one here. Looks like your day was filled with nature for sure. Hope you are at a summer place with all the wildlife and nature all around you.

Nancy J said...

Fred, he is the cutest and so funny when he heard the noise, did you open the door? And the doe waving her tail, off she ran too. Hope all those eggs produce chicks.

Rain said...

Hi Jenn, ingenious way to photograph the nest!!! I love the videos! Fred has quite an appetite lol! Those turkeys sure do have wing girth!

William Kendall said...

Fred is adorable!

Tom said... the bee in the allium! I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

Red said...

All we have to do is sit very still in one spot and we'll see many critters. I like the variety you have here.

Christine said...

Nice to see all the critters out and about!

Kay said...

You take the most amazing photo/videos of wildlife, Jenn. Funny thing is I thought milkweed was poisonous except for caterpillars. I guess not.

Phil Slade said...

That was very inventive of you getting a picture of the phoebe eggs. Good shots from your trail cams too. Those would never work in my garden - I'd just get domestic cats - grrr.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely to see the phoebe on her nest. Also lovely photos of the bumble bee.

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely variety for us to see … thank-you.

All the best Jan