Well, I've been out in the woods and over the dales a bunch, and since writing doesn't come easily to me, a few days at home here and there are generally never enough to get me through a full post to the point of publishing happiness.
So, I'm way behind on telling y'all about some of the fun spring and early summer floral & faunal wonders I've seen, photographed and cam trapped.
In other words - hopefully you'll forgive me when you start seeing photos with pretty spring flowers in dry, dryer August and September.
So let's try to get things rolling again with a little ditty out of the Sierra Nevada...
When we last got together, we met Mama Homemaker, the lovely lady Dusky-footed Neotoma fuscipes (now Neotoma macrotis) that lives in the old oldhouse:
As part of my violations of her privacy, I also put my fast Reconyx trail camera inside the old outhouse, on the back wall, pointing out the door.
Thought it might be fun to see who comes a knocking over the course of a month.
I.e., her solicitors - in general.
Btw - sorry for the mediocre pics. The Reconyx R60 is fast, and misses few shots, but has low image quality - especially at night with the IR flash and high ISO black & white shots. Hopefully that's something Reconyx has sorted out in this year's over-priced 8MP replacement model.
Mama Homemaker's first caller was a fine southerly Virginia opossum, with proper manners...
Ground Squirrel also peeked in, maybe looking for a new home:
Gray Squirrel visited often:
And Jack stopped in for a howdy once:
Skunk and Raccoon shuffled by multiple nights - perhaps to borrow a cup of worms or crickets?
And, of course, Mama Homemaker herself was out on her doorstep often:
The local Mulies poked their heads in now and again:
And on the very last night, a dainty Bobcat came by. I'm guessing it wasn't to use the facilities...
But the final visitor at the set was the most alarming of all! :)
Quail, jays and robins also visited. Eleven species as friends. Not bad for a country woodrat.
- The Nature of a Man (this blog) - Mama Homemaker