Sunday, March 8, 2015


I admit I am a curious fellow.  After seeing that the folks at Prairie Ridge EcoStation had captured a Bobcat (Lynx rufus) on one of their camera traps late last year, I just had to add a little trail camera to my purchase last week.  I set it up yesterday and our son's dog provided proof at dusk that the camera and its flash were working. Well, what I really mean is, I had figured out how to set it up! I am sure I will need to do at least a little adjusting as we begin getting photos.

At 3:23 this morning we got our first visitor.  From time to time I have gotten a glimpse of four or five White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) near dusk and at dawn in the neighbor's yard behind us as well as deer tracks in our backyard.

Nine minutes later the camera is triggered again.  Behind the hedge row you can see the eye-shine of another deer feeding.  I'm not sure if the incandescent flash will bother these guys or not.  I am at the beginning of another learning phase.  I can't wait to see who else is out at night!

Five days later at 5:40 in the morning there were two more photos, both of the same deer 30 seconds apart.  This cropped picture shows what I think might be new antlers beginning to show.

At 2:10 PM the afternoon of the same day, this Big Brown was caught on the little trail camera's SD card.  Oh, that's a big brown truck delivering a UPS package to our backdoor neighbors!


  1. Really fascinating how much is going on as we sleep. Nice photos. Quite a menagerie.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Now we know what the motions lights come on from time to time during the middle of the night. The gray fox surprised me. Very ancient species among the canids. Thank you for visiting.