Twas a lovely day in the Finger Lakes! Here I am overlooking the Honeoye Valley (Honey-OY!), carved by receding glaciers 10,000 years ago! The water you see is Honeoye Lake.
Opossum in the snow! Checking out the scent...?
Notice anything? Besides the opossum?
He/she took the scent pad and is chewing on it!!!
NAUGHTY! I was wondering who ripped the scent pad down...now I know. And it was scented with Kaatz Bros. 'Toxi-Dog' Predator Call ($4.50/oz)
Red fox checking the scene out...
And a new species for this study, raccoon!
Scent: Caven's Gusto Lure
Camera C: Nothing. Scent: Blackie's Blend 'Num-Chuck' Lure
Red fox? I'm going to assume YES...unless someone can confirm another species?
Scent used: Carman's Beaver #1 Lure
Definitely a red fox!
This fox is totally hanging out. He/she looks very intent and focused, but on what?
So, Camera A is definitely the "hot camera" of the set so far. Only 3 weeks in, but I've gotten the most frequency and variety on this camera. It's not necessarily just the scent either, they're being rotated weekly!
Lastly, here are a few neat things I found along the trail!!
Fresh otter scat at the latrine site I've been kind of monitoring!
Here's the latrine, with the fresh scat indicated with an arrow. For more-ish information about this site, visit this blog entry I wrote several weeks ago: A Natural History Mystery!
I bagged it, and it's going in the freezer at school if/when someone wants to do some rinsing of the scat (to see what the otters were eating), or some genetic work.
Next was this neat scat. And by neat I mean both interesting and its deposition was neat and tidy. I'm unsure of what to ID this as...although I'm leaning towards the Canada Goose.
This is definitely Canada Goose scat!
Another mystery? I think definitely Canid, and someone has been eating alot of bones or antlers. Very calcified scat! Sorry there's not much for scale. But I'd wager it's a crossover in diameter range of red fox and coyote.
Finally, the best moment of the morning! As I was leaving, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk dive from the sky and land hard in some reed canary grass. When it came up, it had something small, furry, and possibly rodent-y in it's talons! SO COOL! I slammed into park, and jumped out of my car to follow it. It landed in a tree near me, and I watched as it ate the critter. These pictures are the best I could do- used my phone.
GORGEOUS bird. Absolutely stunning. They're everywhere right now, breeding...but this is the most up close and personal experience I've had. At one point it was sitting no more than 20 feet above me. I was talking to it, doing a Screech Owl call, and it was paying attention to every word. SO cool!
I apologize for the unsteady hand, I was literally slogging through knee-high grasses and mult-flora rose in a swamp to get to this bird! Worth it.