You didn't think I'd walk away from that seep so easily, did you?
Such spots are precious to us camera trappers too.
Local focal points.
As friend Katie called out in her comment on the previous post:
"It's like the equivalent of a UV light for moths, or an isolated nectar patch for butterflies. It draws in the critters like crazy."
So, let's talk about another concept well known to Lepidopterists - Phenology.
Which, in essence, is the study of seasonality.
When do flowers bloom? Butterflies emerge? Birds migrate? Deer mate? And what factors contribute to the timing?
If you study such subjects and questions, you're a Phenologist.
And in a second round of sets at the little seep, the cam caught some fine examples for us.
First up - the bucks moved in. Previously, only doe and fawn black-tailed deer were caught on the cam. But with the beginning of rut, the shiny-antlered bucks started showing up as well.
As you can see, I decided to try a lower angle.
Along with the barrage of bucks, 3 seasonal birds also arrived - hermit thrush, varied thrush and American robin.
Hermit thrushes and a junco
The three migratory thrushes overwinter in the Santa Cruz Mountains, feasting on acorns and madrone, manzanita and toyon berries.
And they need water to drink and bathe too.
But they best watch their backs, because the local chicken-hawk must have heard they're in town.
Cooper's Hawk - death from above for little forest fowl, and a bird now oft seen in suburbia
So, there you go. A taste of Mammalogy Phenology and Ornithology Phenology to go with your turkey leftovers.
And another sip of seep.