Wednesday, June 29, 2022

From Winter to Summer at the Log Bridge

Several years ago a medium-sized hemlock tree fell across a small stream in the Big Woods. The stream isn’t very large and at the shallower riffles the water’s only three or four inches deep for most of the year. Nonetheless there are animals that use such log bridges to cross streams wherever one is available.

One of my camera traps was placed so it could capture videos of the animals and birds using this log bridge. There were high hopes of getting a video of a bobcat crossing the log and perhaps an eastern coyote or black bear doing the same.

Here are six months of videos from the log bridge – minus hundreds of videos of gray squirrels running back and forth.

Well, no bobcat crossed the log bridge – nor did a black bear or eastern coyote although the camera trap caught the last two after they crossed the stream just beyond the log. Never before has one of my camera traps caught a video of a belted kingfisher. The camera trap will stay there watching the log bridge – here’s hoping that a bobcat will pass its way.


Kim S. said...

Such an active site and the water music sure is soothing. The porcupine(?) made me laugh out loud with its cuteness - back and forth, back and forth. And the kingfisher was a thrill to see for an extended period. I can picture you being thrilled as you watched for the first time...and with a call out to H most likely. Thanks, Woody. Kim in PA

eileeninmd said...


What a great variety of critters. I love the mink, I have never seen one before. The Screech owl and Belted Kingfisher are favorites. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I loved this one my friend! The little owl was adorable under the log! Loved seeing the deer and all the times the porcupine went across. And the icing on the cake was the Kingfisher! How amazing! Thanks for entertaining us on a Saturday afternoon!