Anyone else but me, anyone else but me, no, no, no
Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
'Til I come marching home...
At the end of August, as the apple trees around the Mariposa lodge just started coming ripe, I noticed that Yogi, our local black bear, might be sneaking in for a few:
Does a bear poop in the woods? Not always - sometimes they poop
next to the house, under the apple tree.
So, I thought I'd put a cam trap up in the big garden apple tree - pointing down the trunk - to see if I could catch her in the act when she climbed up for a snack.
For a little over a week, only mulies came and went - hoping for grounded or low hanging fruits. Here's a couple of the season's still-spotted fawns:
September 3rd, 8am - fawn looking for fruit.
Sept 6th, 7pm - another, younger fawn under tree.
Then the pros arrived.
Masked and silent, they moved in and cased the joint in under 4 minutes.
And left showing no signs of loot.
Sept 9th 8:30pm - here come the raccoons.
4 minutes later, they disappear into the night
After los bandidos, it was just deer again for 12 days and nights.
Sept 10th, 8pm - a pair of lady mule deer sniffing about.
Around the equinox, after I checked and moved the camera slightly, the wild turkeys trotted in. They send 1-2 into the tree to knock down apples for all to then fight over.
Sept 21st, 9:50am - upper most turkey is in the tree.
For the next 2 weeks, more deer, and a few jays and robins showed, but no bear. Guess all the ripe acorns, manzanita, coffeeberry, and honeysuckle around were more than enough for her.
October 4th, 10am, after/during the rain - a doe scores!
But on October 12th and 13th, a surprise predator-opportunist did show:
Oct 13th, 3:45am - coyote hunting apples (but dreaming of lazy, fat fawns).
And while I didn't get the yote eating the apples, I did see the evidence when I walked the trails to pick up the other cams. And by then, most of the apples were well gone.
Oct 21st - one of several apple-bearing coyote scats on the trails.
- Glenn Miller - Greatest Hits (incl. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree)