This video was made today during the first outdoor flight of the drone I received for Christmas, a little DJI Spark. After some initial messing around with huge file sizes, I decided to go the Youtube hosting route using the “unlisted” video setting, which means it isn’t private, but you can only see it if you know the link.
Ten days earlier, this area was under about foot of fresh snow. Some snow remains on the edge of some distant fields. The pines and spruces are just starting to green up as the frost comes out of the ground. In most places, the soil remains rock hard below 6″. Delivery of the hundred or so tree seedlings I’ll be planting has been delayed until May 3 when more frost will be gone. I’m hoping for thawed ground to 16″ when I plant.
I had seen a few videos of raptors attacking drones, and sure enough, one seemed very interested in it today. (Not in this video – The hawk was well above the drone so it wouldn’t have been captured by the drone’s camera.) I swiftly flew the drone close to me and made myself very visible. It soared about 100 feet above the drone for 20 seconds then decided to look elsewhere. Pretty sure it was a Red-tailed. During this flight, the tree swallows were curious but remained at a distance
If you look quickly, you can see the L-shaped garden soil I tilled last fall.