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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Camera trap mystery critter?

My friend Tyler has had multiple camera traps deployed on a chunk of land in Sharon, NY. He’s been working on a research project for our Mammalogy course, in which he was hoping to document all present species in the area.

He got the following 4 images, and asked my opinion of what animals were in them. I’ll acknowledge that YES there is a raccoon in the center of the images. He or she is feeding on bait that Tyler was using as lure.

But what else can you pick out? I think I know who else is there…but I’ll wait for comments before I reveal my suspicion.

Look close!

I’ll give you a hint: the other animal is not yet seen in this image… but is in the following 3 images.



This is the best image of both animals.

8 comments:

  1. Its an owl, I think, but I wouldn't even know where to start with species.

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  2. I thought it might be a tiny owl too?? Love those eyes glowing in the dark. I thought it came from behind the tree, then perched up higher to see over the branch?? Mystery quiz for sure. Cheers, Jean.

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  3. I'm going to say an owl as well Can't really get a size perspective though. but looks small like a saw whet owl. No matter what, that is really cool.

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  4. Definitely an owl, but I'm saying bigger than a saw whet. Awesome pics!

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  5. I agree, Owl! And specifically, its likely a Barred Owl based on our species around here, and the general shape. Thanks for playing along!

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  6. Yep, an owl but can not tell what kind of owl. Do you know what he used for bait?

    I have a trail camera set up here on our property in the upstate SC mountains. check out some of my pictures; Trailcam Pictures

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