Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Who Goes There?

When I set out the recycle bin for pickup this morning, I noticed a fox's prints in the snow. I thought there was a chance I'd see the animal among my trail camera photos.

Overnight, the camera had taken 937 photos. Their time stamps indicated that the first skunk arrived at the community supper dish at 5:35 pm. These chaps are learning that it's first come, first served. At 8:05 pm (long after the dish was empty) the fox made a brief appearance. Then at 3:08 am a rabbit hopped by. At 5:30 am, cat roomy Ellie Mae asked out. A good sniffing over the dish let her know details of the nightlife she had missed seeing.

Thanks to many little footprints and a deeply worn trail in the snow, I know where this family of skunks are denning. In daytime, they stay under an upturned speed boat that one of my nephews intended to turn into a fish trawling boat. You could say that it actually repurposed into a house boat (of sorts).

Nothing brightens a winter feeder like a male cardinal.
A red squirrel enjoys the spiffy feeder my cousin-in-law crafted.

In a previous life, this ground feeder was a honey comb frame.


  1. Love the house feeder, and to recycle a frame gives a new meaning to that word. Lovely ,every one, and the snow, I always think it is magical.Maybe because we so seldom, VERY seldom, get it at our place, only once in over 50 years.

  2. How wonderful that you had the camera to capture all your visitors. Quite a variety and so sweet.

  3. That is so fun! I love it! Merry Christmas!

  4. You know I love seeing your cam photos. Love that the boat is now a house. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Rabbit tracks showed us where two met their demise just recently...just little bits of fur left. Sad but that is nature too.


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