I like logs. It's always intriguing to see what'll jump up or land on them. Especially in a forest known for martens, weasels, 7 or 8 squirrel species, and multiple cool woodpeckers.
For this log set I pointed the cam down the length and dabbed a bit of stink on the far end.
As is common in California, a gray fox was first to the scene. Just 15 hours after we left the cam.
In this close-crop you can sort of see the gray fox's hooked, semi-retractable, cat-like claws, that help them to climb trees and scale logs and rocks:
Once the gray got its footing, it gave the log and scent mark a nice once-over.
After the fox left, the next 28 days were generally quiet on the log.
A couple of bitchy chickarees stopped by to scold the camera during the pre-dawn hours:
And a coyote trotted by late one night.
The only bird to visit the scene was a robin, which dropped in for a quick evening inspection on the last day the camera was in the field:
But the robin wasn't the only aeronautical animal in the forest that final night.
Because suddenly - at 11:06pm - just 11 hours before we pulled the cam with the class...
A thunder of jets in an open sky -
a streak of gray and a cheerful "hi"
A loop, a whirl and a vertical climb -
and once again you'll know it's time...
(sounds of trumpets)
Yep, that supersonic speedster - Rocket J. Squirrel - dropped in for a cameo.
Rocky was another hope-for when I selected the log, of course. Because these fir forests are know for having flying squirrels, too.
Now all we need is a Moose.
Maybe if we'd left the cam trap out just one more day.
- Wikipedia - The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
- Youtube - The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
- Camera Trap Codger - Carnivorous Squirrel
- Camera Trap Codger - Night Squirrel
- Camera Trapping Campus - Woodpeckers Doing Woodpecker Things
- San Francisco State University Field Campus
- Nature of a Man (this blog) - Just Another Manic Marten
- Nature of a Man (this blog) - Life in Fir
- Nature of a Man (this blog) - Still Life on Mossy Log
- Wikipedia - Gray Fox
- Wikipedia - Northern Flying Squirrel
- Wikipedia - Chickaree