A 300-foot incline, it has a fence on the right, and a wall of manzanita on the left.
It's a gauntlet, a funnel, a pinch point - a mini slot canyon.
And in September the manzanita berries come ripe, and thus it becomes both a transit and foraging route. A mini snack canyon.
So, aside from last week's skinny kitty, let's see what else the Reconyx saw on Fenceline Hill during those 32 days...
The black bear went by 5 nights, in 2 clusters, with 2 weeks between (if 1 bear)
Black bears eat manzanita berries, and also acorns, termites, hornet nests, our apples...
The bears are foraging like crazy right now to build bulk for hibernation
Coyotes came through 12 days/nights - roughly every several days
Coyotes also eat manzanita berries (as well as our fallen apples)
Think the local pair of coyotes had a pair of pups earlier this year, and these 2 shots are one of them - seemingly out playing in the rain
One of the parents, me thinks
Don't you just wanna reach out and give him a scratch behind those ears?
Note how much the ground has changed from the shots a few up
The wild turkeys are regrouping for winter and came by often - these led by a big male
Turkeys forage everything - berries, seeds, bugs, herps... prob why they're so delicious
A striped skunk came and went a few nights
And this crazy black-tailed jackrabbit wandered around the scene twice
The cam also caught deer, a spotted towhee, a chipmunk and a house cat (orange tabby).
No foxes or bobcats though, which is a bit surprising. The foxes eat the berries too. But both are small enough to slink under the manzanita, so maybe they often go a different way.
Here's the full cast of coming-and-going characters in 142 photos and 52 seconds:
- The Nature of a Man (this blog) - Puma Tales Post Script