Days like today are what make nature so endlessly amazing and exciting.
The unusual spring-like weather timed perfectly for one of my absolute favorite pastimes, shed hunting for dropped deer antlers. Typically we have feet of snow on the ground and looking for them this time of year is very difficult. Generally I wait until snow melt in March or April.
By using my wildlife cameras up here in Nottingham I have been able to determine the bucks have pretty much dropped their antlers this week. So, I headed to one of my ultra favorite spots to look for them and was not let down.
3 amazing things happened.
1. I found 3 antlers within mere feet of each other. This photo is how I found them. The 2 larger ones are a matching set.
2. While taking a break I noticed a yellow bird that looked very strange, I was able to capture a few decent shots of it and determined it to be a Western Tanger native of the Western United states. Once confirming this I was told it is very rare in these parts. Historically there are about 15 recorded sightings for the New Hampshire since 1954!!! No recorded sightings since 2007 for the entire state! What!!!?? Can this be any crazier of a day? Yes, yes it can.
3. As I carried on and continued to look for antlers I covered about 6 or 7 miles…I headed into a thick conifer stand across from my main searching area. Within minutes of entering the forest I stumbled across one of the most beautiful antlers I have ever found, a heavy massive 5 point with a 6 inch drop tine.
What an unreal day. If you seek it, you will find it.