This summer, while lending a hand at the Codger's cam trapping workshop, I decided to also try that continuously auto-focusing, "in your face" chipmunk cam on an aplodontia burrow for a couple of nights. And similarly put it down on the ground, about 3 feet from the entrance.
Aplodontia burrow and cam trap set in-situ
Along with some seeds, I sprinkled dead moths, a butterfly and a few beetles in hopes of drawing out a shrew or two, but alas, deer mice cleaned it all up.
It was definitely 2+ deer mice, btw. Note the tails - one has an up-kink at the tip.
Of course, just like in pygmy rabbitats and woodrat sticko-systems, predators always lurk.
In this case a weasel popped out of the burrow. While "mostly" on the prowl for the smaller inquilines, such as mice and voles, they might try to take an aplo. Especially young-ins.
Note the millipedes now in the scene. They may be living in the burrow too.
Speaking of voles, a montane vole came and went as well.
And boomer the burrow builder also made a brief evening appearance, coming out to sniff the scene and give the cam trap a big "cheeeeeese."
I had dabbed birch oil on that branch. Birch and alder are both in the Birch Family, Betulaceae, and since alder is a primary food for aplos, I thought the scent might prove intriguing.
"What an unusual alder aroma…"
Checkity-check those amazing whiskers. Perfect for sensing tunnel walls in pitch dark.
Hmmm... Reminds me of those 1950s Ipana Toothpaste commercials with Bucky Beaver.
"Brusha... Brusha... Brusha... get the new Ipana... it's dandy for your teeth."
- Nature of a Man (this blog) - Boomer the Bulldozer
- Nature of a Man (this blog) - From A to Zapus
- E. W. Jameson Jr. and Hans J. Peeters - Mammals of California
- Mark Elbroch & Kurt Rinehart - Behavior of North American Mammals
- Camera Trap Codger - Camera Trapping Workshop
- Camera Trap Codger - Errant Mountain Beaver
- Wikipedia - Mountain beaver
- Wikipedia - Keystone species
- Wikipedia - Ipana
- Ipana - Bucky Beaver Circus Commercial
- Ipana - Space Bucky