|Deer walking on a popular game trail in Fairfax County, Virginia.|
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Foxes, groundhogs, and squirrels are very common visitors here, but two pictures of another animal stuck out to me while checking the cams.
It paused here for just enough time to have two pictures taken of it. I think it enjoys the company of a camera in the woods, because I can't think of many reason of why else it came down here.
Maybe it's a coincidence, to eat, to check out the camera, or just to rest on the ground. Who knows!
Just another mystery in the woods.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
This camera set comes from Bluemont, Virginia and was the one that I put up in a previous post (Into the Appalachians).
Now here is where I'm going to get a little analytical with these photos.
This bear had its picture taken at 11:10PM on April 14th. The bears in my last post (Loudoun County Bears) had their pictures taken on the same date at just about exactly the same time.
I am estimating the populations of these animals by looking at the times of the pictures and how far away the cameras are from other cameras.
These bears cannot be the same bears since the cameras are miles apart from each other with a picture at the same time.
Loudoun County has way more bears than I ever would have thought.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Bears. They are on the move in Leesburg, Virginia. This camera was set up in Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve where I have been doing coyote and fox research.
|Black bear noticing the camera trap.|
|Yearling black bear with another in the background.|
|I figured I would prove that these are my pictures by showing a picture of me at the same cam.|
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bluebells. A sort of hidden icon for northern Virginia.
I say hidden because it seems like many residents here do not know they are around in mass quantities.
In a few locations, they are sparse, but in other places, they blanket the bottom of the forest.
I hope everyone enjoys these photos as much as I enjoyed seeing these flowers in person. I even found some rarer colors of bluebells.
These were of the white variety and a pink variety.
It was a fantastic experience to be in the middle of such a sight
Monday, April 15, 2013
This is the turkey that I mentioned in my last post (Another Fox Meal).
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I put this camera on a popular game trail in Leesburg, Va. It is a trail that leads to one of the fox dens I have another camera at.
A fox appeared of course, and was carrying a large meal. A muskrat was in its mouth, being dragged towards the den.
Muskrats are supposedly plentiful in this area, as Goose Creek is very close. Goose Creek is a small river flowing in Loudoun County. It is a tributary of the Potomac River, which flows past D.C. and empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
This camera had other visitors, including a skunk, deer, another fox, squirrels, and a single wild turkey.
Other good news is that I now have permission to camera-trap in Alexandria, Virginia on a very large piece of property.
I still have to decide if I will be able to make the drive down there once a month or so now since I have cameras in so many towns around here already.
Friday, April 5, 2013
I set out for a short hike on the AT near Bear's Den. Bear's Den is a sort of pit-stop for AT hikers and contains a few miles of rollercoaster-like trail conditions.
I trekked towards another piece of property that I am very familiar with out there (which I will keep a secret for now) to set up one of my cameras.
The camera here is set a few feet off the ground, well off the actual footpath of the Appalachian Trail, but still in the same area that I know as, Bluemont, Virginia.
A garter snake came out of its rocky housing to see what my noise was all about and stayed around for a minute or two.
|Camera-trap and a garter snake.|
I continued hiking for a few more minutes into a small stream where skunk cabbage was popping out of the ground.
Here is where I conversed with a group of young, "9-to-5-Charlies", that decided to leave the office for a 4 day weekend on the trail.
We did the obligatory, "Hey, how are you?", and the typical, "Where ya headed?", as if nobody had ever asked us these same questions while on the Appalachian Trail.
What was different about this time though, is that I asked them if they've heard any coyotes lately on the trail while sleeping at night.
Their response, "Of course! Almost every night". I smiled, nodded, and wished them well on the rest of their hike.
It may take me some time to come back to this location, as it is an hours drive away. I'll go back there in a couple weeks with some fresh camera batteries and a heart full of camera-trapping hope.
|Skunk cabbage. I can smell this stuff from half a mile away if there is a lot of it.|