Here is a quick overview of some of my newest camera trap sets to look forward to:
- Dead deer again (I'll call this set, "The Downed Buck"). A different deer has died in the park! I stumbled across this deer only a few days after taking down the cameras at the other deer in the last post It is also located not even 200 yards from where the other deer's bones lay. A young buck most likely killed on the road by a car; he is now the centerpiece of two camera's field of views. I placed a camera trap there and checked it the next day just to see what I got. Red fox came by and that was it. I can assume that there will be more foxes, raccoons, feral cats, and domestic dogs around the area. Will a coyote come by to take a look?
- Squirrel and Bird Set #1. Peanut butter and bird seed (both legal bait for birds in Virginia) have been placed to attract squirrels and birds alike. My fellow employees and I have our fingers crossed that we will get some shots of a flying squirrel, but that could be too much of wishful thinking.
- River Den Set #1. A seemingly promising location, this den has four entrances (2 of which are over 1 foot wide) and is only about 5 feet from the bank of the Potomac River in Riverbend Park in Fairfax County. Fresh scat of a light gray-brown color and containing fish scales was found on a mound a few inches from an entrance. Could it be the den of an otter, mink, or weasel? Will I get more camera trap images of another fox or raccoon? We'll see some results starting in a week or two.
- Meadow Set #4. Deer and raccoons have came by in the first week already. We're looking specifically for some carnivores here such as red foxes, gray foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. I set up two cameras (one video, and one set for stills) at this location located on a game trail in Riverbend Park's famous meadow.
I am thrilled to have gotten the cameras up and running in these hopeful locations but I am specifically excited to see the results of the new sets in Riverbend Park (River Den Set #1 and Meadow Set #4).
|Some self-proclaimed "exterior decorating" at River Den Set #1 in Riverbend Park, Fairfax County|