July 2022 in northcentral Pennsylvania was hot and very dry with daily high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s and very little rain. In most places there wasn’t much wildlife activity to be seen, although as many intermittent streams dried up some wildlife was forced to travel in search of water.
The running log straddles an old road that descends a forested hillside from a field reverting to woodland into a small valley with a trickle of a stream.
In early August when the videos from the camera trap at the log were downloaded the numbers and variety of wildlife were both surprising.
Here are the most interesting of the videos from just one month at the running log –
I tend to keep camera traps in each location for several years since a short-term session won’t detect the many species that may use a specific habitat. By the same token, species that appear in the early videos may not ever appear again or might only pass by on rare occasions.