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Trail Cam 3: Miscellaneous & Unidentified Creatures

Posted February 18, 2016 11:38 AM by SavvyExacta
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Since setting up my trail camera about 8 months ago, I've accumulated thousands of photos. Here's a third installment for you to see - based on a request from JBTardis to share some non-deer photos.

First blog post about this - with camera info

Second blog post

The quality of these photos is not as good. I'm not sure if it's because the animals are smaller so it's harder for the camera to focus, or because most of these were taken at night. The camera certainly has its limitations, but for the price, I'm happy with it.

Here are a couple from the winter weather we've finally been having in mid-February.

That's it for now! Please share your guesses for what some of the animals might be. I know what most of them are, but there are a couple of question marks due to obstructions or poor quality.

Let me know if you want me to continue sharing. Today I'll be moving the camera to the bird feeder area.

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02/18/2016 12:36 PM

Images from 08/29 and 09/09 are the grin from a Cheshire Cat. Or, less likely, a bat flitting through the frame.

Interesting to note that the Cheshire Cat is a Tabby British Shorthair. Hmmmmnmn...

Is that a 'possum captured on 02/05?

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02/18/2016 12:41 PM

Yeah that's 'possum on 02/05, the tail is a dead give away

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02/18/2016 1:06 PM

Yuuuuummmmmy. Opossum innards. One of Granny's favorite recipes.

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02/18/2016 2:13 PM

Innards are better than the outards. Ever hear 'poss-ham' used to describe a cooked 'possum'?

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02/18/2016 12:42 PM

You're right on all three. Editing to add.. those are bat photos, not Cheshire cats. We have lots of bats!

I saw the possum walking through one night, and that's why I moved the camera to that particular location. I've only gotten the one photo of him so far.

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02/18/2016 2:14 PM

I didn't see the previous entries on this. Thanks, Savvy, I enjoy this sort of thing.

We had a bear (very large sow with her cub) hanging around the house last summer and fall - they discovered they could climb a tree to get up onto the elevated (about fifteen feet above the forest floor) patio/deck in order to to raid the bird feeders. I intended to get a trail camera to capture this effort but never quite got around to it. I'm going to finish this camera task, and I'll post any images of interesting visitors that we get.

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02/18/2016 3:55 PM

You are so lucky to have bats. We used to see a lot of big brown bats at dusk in warm weather, gobbling up insects. The last bat we saw was, unfortunately, in our bedroom one night when one of the dogs was on the bed and Mr. Best in Show and I were reading. The dog (a terrier) went out of his way not to see the bat, thank goodness. The poor bat probably came into the attic and then out the opening for the attic stairs, which we'd opened to get airflow from the fan. Bat was caught and released, unharmed. That was at least two years ago.

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02/19/2016 9:08 AM

You have lots of bats!

You're also in white-nosed bat syndrome area. Maybe there is hope for a rebound/recovery.

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02/19/2016 10:44 AM

There are quite a few bats here. There are usually a minimum of half a dozen flying around the yard at night during the summer. More up the road. I would like to build some bat houses to encourage more. There are wetlands nearby so there is no shortage of mosquitoes.

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11/05/2018 6:39 PM

You know of course that the O'Possum is an Irish possum.

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11/05/2018 7:12 PM

That is apparent by how much they like to mingle with Irish poolside eccoutrements, namely Patty O"Furniture.

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02/18/2016 8:04 PM

Keep the pictures coming. They are very interesting.

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02/19/2016 10:48 AM

Thanks, Lyn. I set the camera up at the bird feeder yesterday and got some interesting shots. They are common bird species, but some of the pictures caught them in flight. I'll post them in a couple of weeks.

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02/19/2016 6:24 AM

Nice pics, but I'm not seeing Bigfoot!

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02/19/2016 9:25 AM

First two are a fox not a raccoon.

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02/19/2016 10:46 AM

You're probably right. The picture quality isn't good and there are weeds in the way so it's hard to make out.

There have been quite a few foxes in the area. The first one was discouraged from returning when he repeatedly waited outside the door and barked for the cat. The current fox just passes through, so as long as he doesn't make a nuisance of himself, he's welcome to do that.

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02/19/2016 11:15 AM

Need to watch foxes some will get in a habit of making meals out of cats and small dogs.

Was visiting my sis in the western part of the state. One tried drag the neighbors lap dog off the porch. And it wasn't at night about mid day.

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02/25/2016 3:32 PM

There was a piece in the local news last night about foxes being found in odd places here in Lubbock, TX. One was on top of the "Pyramid building". That is a pretty good trick since the sides look fairly slick.

Another one was on someone's roof.

I have seen one on my neighbor's roof, and it really didn't want to listen to me when I told it to get lost, so I poked it with a sharp stick. Then it got up and trotted off. I think they all have rabies.

One question to Savvy: What are those creatures flying up from the ground in the photo with snow on the ground? Are they actual snowflakes falling instead of rising?

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02/29/2016 7:48 AM

I think it was freezing rain.

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03/15/2016 1:45 PM

I've attracted quite a few different birds to my feeders of late.

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03/16/2016 11:11 AM

Is that photo on the right showing feral conures? I knew such birds can be found in Florida, maybe South Texas, and Southern California, but did not know of them being present in Arizona.

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03/16/2016 11:23 AM

I honestly don't know what they are. Parrots, parakeets, conures, if you will.

My wife thinks they live in a neighbor's tree and we see them irregularily.

I was lucky to get that shot. I have to shoot through the window as I have no camera to set on a tripod that has a remote shutter release.

I've not tried to catalog the different types we see, we just like to watch them.

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03/16/2016 11:31 AM

That is way cool! We have one conure,a black capped one, who is very talkative, and likes to play, but occasionally gets a bit over-enthusiastic and takes a nip at a finger.

He is a smart, and good little bird though.

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