Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Running Log

We call it “The Running Log”, but it’s actually a fallen tree suspended several feet above an old logging road that climbs a hillside. Fallen trees and logs are frequently used by wildlife since they can be a bridge across a stream, offer an elevated viewpoint, are easier travel than pushing through vegetation or they're a place to leave a scent mark.

If you look at some of the earlier posts on In Forest and Field you’ll see that fallen trees and logs are great places to put a camera trap and to capture photographs or videos of a wide variety of wildlife. This summer a camera trap was watching the running log to take videos of mammals and birds that used the log and some that just passed by. Here are the first month’s results –

And the second month’s –

The camera trap was moved closer to the log at the end of the second month. Here are the third month’s videos –

It was surprising to see how frequently the weasel used the log since I seldom catch them on a camera trap and have personally seen them even less often. Only two of the videos of the long-tailed weasel in the third month's were taken on the same day.

The raccoons and the weasel repeatedly scent-marked the log in the last video; is there something about the change of season that causes them to scent mark more frequently, staking out a territory for winter perhaps?


Barbara Rogers said...

Thank you so much for sharing these here...animals I would have had little or no likelihood of seeing (except on nature shows!) Great to see them all.

Peter Abdu said...

So cool to believe that all this activity is happening around a log most of us would walk past a thousand times and never think twice about. Also neat to see that it's not just a single use for one type animal, everyone is coming in. Great set of videos!

Marcia said...

That bear was not interested in walking the log. The others find it to be quite the highway.

eileeninmd said...


Great captures and critter videos. It is neat seeing the weasel. Nice collection of critters. Thank you for sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really do see so much there on the fallen log! WOW! Great videos as always! Happy weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I don't think I've ever seen a interesting!