Pollinators Galore

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Yesterday was the final day of 2019’s National Pollinator Week.  While the power was out at our cabin, I took a morning stroll down one of Bent Tree’s trails, and came across a patch of blooming Downy False-foxglove that was literally buzzing with pollinators.  Look closely at the photo above to see a pollen basket on the bee.

June 23, 2019 - Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree

June 23, 2019 – Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)

 

GA DNR Survey Bent Tree Bears

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A link to a survey about bears in Bent Tree went out via yesterday’s “Friday News” email.  The survey was developed by the Georgia DNR and they will share the resulting report with Bent Tree.  The survey link will be available until close-of-business on Friday, June 28th and is intended for Bent Tree residents only.  The DNR requests that one survey be completed per household.  So, check your “Friday News” if you would like to participate.  I took the survey yesterday and look forward to seeing the future report.

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Fishing Rules

June 17, 2019 - view of Lake Tamarack from the dam

June 17, 2019 – view of Lake Tamarack from the dam

New signs, reflecting the amended Lake & Wildlife Rules approved by the Board last September, are now in place around Lake Tamarack.  The lake was restocked last month with 10,000 small bream as a food supply for the bass (which were reported to be overpopulated and undersized).

June 17, 2019 - revised Fishing Policy sign

June 17, 2019 – revised Fishing Policy sign

Hole 7 Turtles

Yesterday’s post mentioned that I went to play golf on Monday, in between fawn photo shoots.  The photo below was taken during that round of golf, at the pond on Hole 7.  Click here for a related previous post (from almost one year ago) that explains why my golf game is not so great.

June 17, 2019 - Turtles, pond on Hole 7 in Bent Tree

June 17, 2019 – Turtles, pond on Hole 7 in Bent Tree

A Day in the Life of a Fawn

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Following up on yesterday’s post…  The fawn was in our yard Monday morning, bedded down behind a double trunked tree.  I took a batch of photos between 9:15 and 9:30, then went to play golf.  When I got back home, around 2:30, the fawn was still there, just turned around and facing the other direction.  I took a few more photos then, and more later in the afternoon.  I used a zoom lens, staying well away from the fawn, but it was definitely aware of me.  While the rest of its body stayed perfectly still, its ears moved to track me as I walked around.  Once back inside, I kept an eye out the back windows whenever I had a chance and was lucky enough to see the mother doe return around 7:15 in the evening. I grabbed my camera and was able to capture the reunion. The little fawn jumped up, ran to the doe, and immediately started nursing.  After a few minutes, they moved on.

Click the thumbnails below to scroll through larger images, taken from mid-morning through early evening.

Let Sleeping Fawns Lie

Let awake ones lie, too.  Young fawns are left alone for hours, but the mother will be back.  Check back tomorrow for more photos of this fawn and the return of its mother, all taken yesterday in Bent Tree over the course of about 10 hours.

June 17, 2019 4:45 p.m.  - new fawn in Bent Tree

June 17, 2019 4:45 p.m. – new fawn in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)