Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Brush Pile I

Ever since we built our house on this hillside over 40 years ago we’ve had a small brush pile out back where we dispose of branches that fall or are cut from the trees and shrubs around the house – discarded Christmas trees go there too. The pile has never grown much since decay and gravity break the material down at about the same rate it accumulates.

Every winter there are tracks leading to and from the brush pile and bird tracks all about. This spring I finally decided to put out a camera trap to watch the brush pile. The first month’s results, while not spectacular were interesting:

Gray Squirrel
Common Grackle
Eastern Chipmunk
Carolina Wren - immature
House Wren
Gray Catbird
White-footed Mouse
Eastern Chipmunk

I plan to keep the camera in place for a year -- although it may have to be raised above the snow in the winter. Stand by for more:

1 comment:

  1. The brush pile is a perfect spot to catch the birds and critters. Wonderful series! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy Sunday!


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