Nick has kindly donated a trail cam to the banding station. Many of us pay attention to signs of wildlife, especially paw prints and scat. We know that their are Bobcats in the area and have assumed that scat in one area is from one. The cam was placed just across from the main "restroom" and we let the cam do its job for the past week.
When one is setting a cam, one often becomes the first critter recorded...
The wind triggered some shots during the daytime but the best action was captured at night. The smallest animal we got a shot of was an Armadillo digging along the grass.
Raccoons were the most photographed. They have been busily digging out turtle eggs along the net lanes.
Opossums are often heard crashing through the underbrush when we are setting nets but you still don't see them often.
The first real surprise was a Coyote slinking up the lanes. We did find some Coyote scat, which usually contains fur, last Sunday nearby.
The biggest surprise of all was captured early in the week. A Black Bear! The ones that use to call Lake Lotus home were trapped and taken to the Ocala National Forest a couple of years ago. Compare the height to the Coyote above. That is one big bear!
The SD card was placed back in the cam Sunday. Can't wait to see what walks by this week.
Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, April 30th.
All nets will be opened by 6:15 A.M.