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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning! (Signs of Bear)

This is my recent morning routine:

Look out the window to check for signs of overnight bear activity, go outside (carefully) to check for more signs, pick up game camera and check photos.

From the window:  First sign of bear – apple tree debris on the ground

bear debris
Indications bears spent some time in the apple tree

Outside:  Watch my step!  Seriously, those bears need to eat slower to get some nutrition out of those apples.  They are just wasting them!  At least the slugs can also benefit.  GROSS!

Bear Scat - Apple Season
Bear Scat – Apple Season

This apple tree has a long history of providing sustenance to these bears but I’d better get some for my applesauce before they eat them all.

Bear claw marks on the tree
Bear claw marks on the tree

Checking the game camera:  Mom and 2 cubs went up and down the tree around 2am, 4am and 6am

Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree
Just the beginning of a long feast

The game camera has an indicator light when the motion sensor is activated.  That must get their attention because they are so often looking at the camera when it takes the photo.

Raccoon in apple tree
Raccoon in apple tree

The raccoon was a surprise.  We haven’t seen any of these and I didn’t know they liked apples.  But this one snuck in a raid between the bears.

Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub

This photo isn’t that great but I thought the size of the cub’s paw on the tree was a good comparison to their mom’s paw in the next one.

Black Bear Sow
Black Bear Sow

Mama bear climbed the apple tree too and she didn’t break any limbs.

Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree
Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree

We got the ladder out and collected all we could the next day.  Then we put the game camera back out.

The following morning the game camera was laying face-down across the yard from where I’d placed it.  I had just propped it up against a toolbox which raised it a couple feet off the ground.

They must be getting mad about having their raids photographed?  We’re still laughing about them beating up the camera.

Now the game-cam is secured, I taped over the motion sensor indicator light and we’re waiting for their return.  All we’ve seen is elk and deer.

That’s an elk you bufflehead!

Although I can see out both sides of my house from my computer desk, the windows are not really in my peripheral vision.

Tidewater Elk Herd
Tidewater Elk Herd

Don pointed out a few elk across the river so I, of course, grabbed the camera and quietly walked out onto the deck; hoping I wouldn’t startle them into leaving.

3 Elk Spikes
3 Elk Spikes

The rancher just put up the fence last summer.  This is the first time we’ve seen the elk in that field since last winter.  I can see 3 bulls in this shot.

The river is fairly high this time of year.  We saw the herd on our side of the river just a week ago.  I wonder if they swim across or use the bridges?

2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk
2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk

Sorry this one isn’t in focus but it’s the only one I got with the tagged cow in it.  I haven’t seen her since early last summer.

Healthy Elk Cows
Healthy Elk Cows

The bulls weren’t bugling but the cows were calling.  The young bulls paid attention to the calls.  It was fun to listen to them and watch their behavior.

Net
If you lost a net off your dock I can tell you where it is!

Don!  Look!  Need a net?

Treasure Across River
Treasure Across the Alsea River

You can cast across the river and pull it back!

Bufflehead Male
Bufflehead Male

There was a lot of activity in the water today too.  There were 3 or 4 Buffleheads and a Hooded Merganser closer to our side of the river .

Bufflehead Female
Bufflehead Female

That’s a female Bufflehead on the left.  The male, on the right, is diving.

Hooded Merganser Male
Hooded Merganser Male

I got a better shot of the merganser today.  I was wrong about the tail.  Looks like they swim with it down after all.

I love watching and listening to wildlife!