Thursday, February 25, 2016

Beneath the Ledge

Back in mid-December I set a camera trap beneath a rock overhang hoping it would capture photos of something interesting – coyote, bobcat, fisher, Allegheny woodrat, or ... 

The overhang is at the edge of a flat wooded plateau that contains an extensive area of forest with a sparse scattering of small old fields. Just downslope from the overhang the ground falls away rapidly for hundreds of feet to a large stream.

This is the view from the camera’s location; just the way I found the site –

The first check of the camera was a bit disappointing with photos of white-footed mice –

And raccoons –

And one photo of a coyote taken when rapidly changing temperatures had thoroughly fogged the lens glass –

The second check of the camera’s memory card was more rewarding with photographs of a raccoon –

And porcupine –

And my wish was fulfilled by several pretty good photographs of a bobcat taken on the first day the ground was snow covered this winter–

The next check of the camera also revealed photographs of raccoons and the tail end of a gray fox –

And, after another snowfall, a bobcat –

Since the location shows promise, the camera will stay there for a while, perhaps throughout the summer.


  1. Mustbe an interesting spot to attract all those animals!

  2. some wonderful sightings
    and photos
    i really like the spot you chose
    the leaves and rocks alone are beautiful

  3. Hello, the camera has caught some great critters. I would love to see a Bobcat in the wild. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  4. Woody, thanks for the advice on the birds; appreciate learning a few of the details.

  5. What an interesting range of creatures. Now you have to set up a blind and see them for yourself!

  6. Nice pics! What brand of camera are you using here?

    1. It was a Sony P32 with a Yeti board, one of my first builds. Replaced it with a Fuji J10 and Bigfoot board since the Fuji has taken better photos in the past -- hope I didn't make a mistake.


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