The native cornucopia starts, literally, bearing fruit.
(and acorns, of course)
Bay, buckeye and madrone, hollyleaf cherry and berry, as well as those of coffee, honeysuckle, toyon, snow and p.o., all hit ripe and become a major focus of seasonal foraging.
Thus offering interesting opportunities for creative camera trapping.
So, under a berry-laden madrone tree, where the bare ground and a few freshly dropped fruits belied heavy activity, I set a cam.
And then created a windfall.
Windfall of berries I "stormed" off the madrone tree above
4 nights and 460 photos later the cam's batteries were spent, and the berries quite gone.
Seems the locals were more than happy to perform a little dinner theater.
Our theater - their dinner.
Here's a selection of 80 still photos put together into a quick 14 second video:
The Windfallers - a 14 second feast of 4 night's foraging
And the players:
Hopping Hoover the brush rabbit
The Scurry Furies, Hoover's backup bunnies
Boyle the brush mouse as Hoover's small sidekick
DF Woodie as the woodrat too-late
With special cameos by:
And BT Jack, the only daytime actor
It actually took the bunnies and mice only 5 hours to clean up the windfall. The following 3 nights of heavy activity were double, triple and quadruple-checks.
The most brush rabbits caught at once was 5 in a photo. 3-4 were not uncommon.
Cool how the brush mouse forages side-by-side with the rabbits.
The woodrat can easily climb trees and get berries itself, so - windfalls, smindfalls.
Check out BT Jack's backlit ear veins. Obviously optimized for heat dissipation.
No fox or coyotes. They too like madrone berries. Guess 4 days wasn't enough time.
- Jepson Herbarium eFlora - Arbutus menziesii