This Article is a Stubbin

POND FROLICS

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:

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New species for the property picked up on the wildlife camera down in the stream bed!

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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