Spouse gave me a motion camera for our anniversary this year, in March, and it’s been great fun to see what animals are in our yard, and when. It takes photos at night, too, though they are very grainy; and the parade of raccoons, possums, deer and bear this spring, while not surprising (we knew they were here) is interesting to see and verifies what we suspected. We knew we were on a deer path but didn’t know the various times the deer visited, and the same with the bears, nor that there are at least three bears that visit together. On the other hand, we didn’t have any idea how often a certain black cat visited before this, or that it sometimes sits in the apple tree that the birds like or stations itself at the chipmunk hole.
For me, the camera is another opportunity to “observe and interact.” Based on observations, we will be adding a fence around the new side yard garden in an effort to deter the deer that pass by it regularly. If we still had a dog, we would not let her out in the yard at night unattended for even a minute, knowing the bears, raccoons, and probably skunk (some small animals are too blurry to identify as yet) roam there as early as 8 p.m.
Here are a few of the photos; click to enlarge.
1. RACCOONS, early morning 9 and 10 April
2. DEER, early morning 12 and 13 April, 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. 15 April, 3:15 a.m. 18 April, and 1:30 a.m. 23 April
3. FOX (3:40 .m. 21 April), POSSUM (12 midnight, 6 May), SQUIRREL (morning, 19 April)
4. CATS: black cat, 9:30 a.m. 17 April (and many other times); ginger cat: 6 a.m. 24 April
5. BEARS, 8 p.m. 20 April, 9:30 p.m. 24 April, and 10:30 p.m. 9 May