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Trail Cam

Eileen C.

This week’s Blog Post was written by Eileen C., a Bucktails Alumni! She talks about all of the exciting moments she has captured on her trail cam, and includes a few photos for us to view!

Trail cameras are useful and entertaining. They widely vary in price, and I’m satisfied with my affordable Moultrie. The images don’t come out looking like professional photos from a Canon, but it does the trick. A trail camera does more than take photos. From wood thrushes to mallards, from white-tail deer to raccoons, from red foxes to mink, from owls to bats, and so many more, it’s cool to see what wildlife graces the land around us.

A raccoon fishes for whatever he can find

From seasoned bucks and does to newborn fawns, it’s neat to be able to estimate the age of a deer by studying images from a trail cam. Here, https://www.qdma.com/aging-bucks-on-the-hoof/, you can obtain information on how to estimate a deer’s age. Nothing will ever come close to the wonder of being present to experience the sights, sounds, smells, touch, (and tastes!) of a moment in the woods. Alas, constant presence in the forest is but a dream.

A mama duck leads two adorable ducklings

For times when I can’t be present, like when our nocturnal buddies are out and about, trail cameras are especially useful. Who doesn’t want to check their camera and be surprised with pictures of an owl or a group photo of a bat gang? Every time my Dad and I check the trail cam, we excitedly anticipate what critters we’ll see next. The woods has it all. A doe with a fawn. Raccoons in a brawl. A mink crossing the same log in the same direction, at a different time each day. A duck with ducklings – How many ducklings does the average duck in the area successfully brood?

Turns out we aren’t the only creatures of habit; date & time-stamped photos reveal patterns in animal behavior, like a spike buck visiting the same patch of plants every day until they’re gone, gone thanks to him. An owl out in mid-morning. A photo shoot for all who use a particular mudslide to enter and exit the water. A trail cam does more than take pictures. It’s another excuse to enter the woods. It’s a springboard for studying the incredible creatures that inhabit the woods. Not to mention, checking the trail cam is one of my (many) favorite things to do with my dad.

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