I did a little experiment earlier this month and left our new CritterCam on for a period of five days, pointed at our backyard shed, to see what animals are visiting. The motion sensitive camera picked up seven visits from a possum, six birds, four skunk visitations, two rats, one raccoon and two house cats. I need to let the camera run for a longer period to get a better sense of what times of the day or night are the most active, but so far the hour of 2 am picked up the most activity (after the bars have closed on Sunset Blvd. perhaps?).
The pictures are showing what I think are mini wildlife corridors. Note the similar direction the possum and skunk seem to be heading.
The cat (which belongs to a neighbor):
And the raccoon (below) are also headed in the same direction.
That raccoon pic is another reminder for me to recheck my chicken coop’s fortifications.
And the rat is telling me to lock up the chicken food at night.
Reviewing these images has given me a less adversarial feeling about our mammalian visitors. They are just so damn cute, especially the skunk.
Next up in my CritterCam experiments will be to see who is visiting the bird bath. I’ll need some help from readers for that, since I don’t know my birds.