Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wetland walkies: Feb. 10

What a difference a day makes!

THIS is the season for wetland walkies. Here is the motivation for it... our buck has lost an antler. JB called me to the kitchen window.



Off I went: backpack with water bottle, old GPS, video camera and camera.

I found several deer beds, but no blood spots or antlers.

It was snowing just a bit.

I recognized our 'point' on the one edge of our property.

It was a good hour and 26 minutes. It wasn't fast going, but the snowshoes were awesome. I didn't find any antlers, but I did spot some white-throated sparrows. This is an archive photo from 2018.
If you listen to the video, you can hear their excited twitters. They are so quick!

I headed back and picked up the trailcam memory cards. Not much action.

wetland walkies from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I'm glad I took the GPS, as I went in a circle. It's quite old, the GPS, and too old to update the maps. I could still upload my track. I just can't see where I went on the track. The maps show up, partly, on the GPS itself.

I did a circle, accidentally. All deer tracks, eventually, lead back to our house! I was tracking them, and found snowshoe tracks!


Tom said...

...talk about a winter walk in the woods! Stay warm.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...well, at least you got your steps in!!! YAM xx

Nancy J said...

I truly cannot imagine living where I would need snow shoes to walk out there. Hope the antlers show up when the snow melts a little.

RedPat said...

I'm impressed! ;-)

Angie said...

Jenn - it's a good time of year to look for antlers. How interesting to download your route from the GPS. Our neighbor is already seeing red-winged blackbirds return to her feeders, but they have not made it to my house yet. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Red said...

You really want to find that antler.

Out To Pasture said...

Now that beats going to a gym by a long shot! Fresh air, beautiful scenery and always the expectation of discovery!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Congratulations on the White-throated Sparrow. I haven't seen one this winter and I have looked in all the usual places. They are probably just not showing themselves when I happen to be there.

carol l mckenna said...

Love that 'wee sparrow' ~ so colorful ~ wonderful photos of the deer ~ ^_^

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William Kendall said...

That is quite a walk!