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  1. This post is exactly why I don't visit here very often. One makes the effort to put a post together and this is what one gets. Four likes. I'm old school and prefer comments, so maybe I try again in a year or two to see if a little common courtesy has developed. I doubt that it will as that seems to be how all forums are going nowadays. Pushing the like button is sort of like saying, "well I like it, but I'm too lazy to type one word." It's quite the shame as I have a lot of vids and pics I could share. Your loss. Hey, but thanks for the "likes." See you in a year or two maybe. SSTAT
  2. Last spring, we heard someone knocking at the door. Our rural home rarely gets visitors, so when we heard it, we checked both doors and no one was there. Our Dogs were barking and convinced. I asked if she had a load of laundry going as an unbalanced load will sometimes make some noise. Nope. We then heard it again coming from downstairs. It sounded like someone was trying to break in through the sliding door. I sneaked down the stairs and peeked around the corner at the door and could not stop laughing. This has been going on daily since early spring with the addition of a local guinea fowl hen. This is a vid I shot not long ago. We have a guinea fowl hen that has been hanging out with our local flock of turkeys. She's is very bossy and chases away the other hen turkeys from her favorite two toms, and even keeps the dozen or so grouped together. If they get too far apart, she rounds them up like a cattle dog would. My guess is that when these turkeys showed up at her place mid spring, she decided to go on a walkabout. She is probably someones farm hen from within a mile or so. In this vid, she puts up with them knocking at the door for a bit, and then decides to break up the action. This has been going on daily since early spring. The turkeys can see a perfect reflection of themselves, both in the morning and again toward evening in the glass window and door, which has them sparring with themselves. Hilarious.
  3. Pastel drawing done by my wife using this photo. Indigo Bunting. Normally she does pet portraits, but I talked her into doing this one. It will hang on the wall of the local library.
  4. A Cardinal walks into a barber shop and says, "Take a little off the top." We had some cardinals and related bluejays molt head feathers this last August. Exceptionally warm summer with very little rain. By the end of Oct, they looked normal again.
  5. Hello fellow Michiganer. We are in the lower peninsula in Mecosta county. Centered between Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Big Rapids. Closest town is Barryton.
  6. Triplets Before And After Here is our local matriarch very pregnant last May. I believe this doe is 6, and responsible for at least 10 more deer to the local herd. This matriarch keeps the herd healthy and smart. Some of her offspring are very respectable bucks. She had been having twins for at least three years in a row prior to this year. This year, she had triplets. The first time we saw her with the triplets in early June Late June, note the darker larger one in the middle. Later in the year you can see the developing antlers on this "button" buck. The other two are does. July - Note the doe trying for a red wing black bird in the second shot *(not unheard of), and she was very gaunt looking after giving birth to three. I didn't see if she got it or not because my attention was on the camera. They went into the taller grass behind them after this shot so I couldn't tell, but at the time I took the shot, I wasn't even thinking about the bird. It was later that I noticed her mouth open and then researched this and found that they have been none to eat small animals and birds when their body needs the protein. August This is a recent shot of them taken on 11/2. Note the larger fawn behind her. It's a button buck. The other two look like does. She was very gaunt looking right after giving birth to these three but she has put on a bunch of weight and now looks ready for another winter. A nine and ten point had both been chasing her late Oct. She is now probably pregnant with another batch. Here are the two different bucks , a nine point and a ten point, that were both chasing her in late Oct during the rut. We watched these two all summer in the food plots I put in for them. That was this year, but lets back up the story one year. My most memorable Marty Stauffer moment, by far, happened the year before in May of '16. I had filled my coffee cup and was going to go downstairs to my man cave , but decided to look out the back window of our home first to see if the turkeys were coming out of the woods yet and making their way toward the bird feeders. (They're the clean up crew and it's a daily occurrence). Imagine my surprise when I saw two twin bucks, just starting to grow their antlers looking at me in the window watching them. They would look at me and then turn their heads and look to the west. This went on for about 5 minutes, and I assumed they were looking at other deer that may be headed their way. I shifted my position and looked out the window in the direction they had been looking and was amazed at what I was saw. It was their mom having another set of twins right in our back yard. I woke my wife and we watched with our mouths hanging open, as to what we were seeing. While she was licking them clean, her twins from the prior year were watching from about 50 feet away. After about 20 minutes, the young bucks came in to check out the new additions to the herd. Had these two not been her prior offspring, she would not have let them near the newborns, but she allowed them to sniff them. We had watched them all winter and spring, so we knew they were hers. There is no mistaking her with any of the other does, as she is a head taller than all of the other deer she hangs with, including some very nice sized bucks. Big doe. Our three corgis were wanting to go out and do their morning routine but we made them wait as we did not want to interrupt what we were witnessing. It took about 40 minutes before she ushered them off to the woods, and all the while they were aware of our presence watching them from the window of our home. We were apparently not enough of a threat for them to run off. So awesome to have seen this. I just wish I had been shooting with the Canon SX 60 I bought last spring instead of the SX 12 which is a very cheap camera. That is why I know this deer so well. We see her almost daily with her 3 fawns as they use the food plots I put in for the deer. Lots of sweet clover varieties they love with some other perennials they like. I love watching them. This doe is huge and stands a head taller than the mature bucks we've seen her with. She survives 3 months of hunting in Michigan and teaches her offspring this knowledge and that keeps the herd healthy and smart. One of her two twin bucks from the prior year photo bombing this shot. The other one is just out of the shot on the right. Ushering them into the woods.
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