As readers know, I like short sets (both in height and duration). 2 nights and days, and a few seeds, and you can get a good sense of the local Rodentia.
But, sometimes these shorties yield interesting surprises that aren't the usual micro-furries.
Here's 3 not-what-I-expected-to-gets, from my Mono Basin summer short sets...
On a burrow set in big sagebrush, that was targeting night time foraging voles, k-rats and like, this charming Sage Thrasher, Oreoscoptes montanus, showed up. First time I've "seen" one.
Pinyon Jay Family
At a similar set to the one above, but on a gravelly pinyon pine slope with expectations of chipmunks, desert woodrats, and kangaroo mice, this family of Pinyon Jays, Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus, stopped by to enjoy the sunflower seeds:
The Velvet Buck
On a muddy pond bank, where I was hoping for micro-mammals, such as shrews, this big boy mulie wandered through to smell the set and check out the cam:
Gotta love curious and cooperative animals.
And short set surprises.