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.

8 comments:

The Furry Gnome said...

Mustbe an interesting spot to attract all those animals!

Tammie Lee said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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!

The Furry Gnome said...

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

David Gascoigne said...

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

John Van Niel said...

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

Woody Meristem said...

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.

Pat Tillett said...

It looks like a great spot!