This Article is a Stubbin

We took a rare day completely off work last Thursday and had a rainy day in. I say “off work” — we did get some tasks done, but they’re fun tasks that get pushed back by more serious jobs. Seed shopping (!!!) and checking our wildlife camera SD cards.

Hey — who’s in those peas?! Oh, it’s me.

The wildlife camera on the wild streambed at the bottom of the property is set to take 15 second videos. Going through these can be a bit of a chore — maybe several hundred to over a thousand a month, and so many are just waving leaves or half a second of raccoon tail going out of shot at the start and fourteen and a half seconds of mud and leaves. Or rats. Lots of thirsty rats.

[Edited down from 15 seconds for your viewing convenience.]
https://youtu.be/MW6rp6LP1KQ

The site the camera’s positioned at is an intersection with a runoff vein from another property, so it’s a real bird hotspot, and the streambed acts as a road for larger mammals. Wading through the dreck can really pay off — that’s why we have the camera down there still.

Imagine our startled shrieks of delight when we clicked off another “wind” video and encountered this big, stubby payoff:

Bobcat!

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It’s not every day you get to add another mammal to your property species list! Come eat our rats, Mr/Ms Bobcat!

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