Monday, March 9, 2009
Exposing the stripper
She was naked and alone. A redwood sapling stripped of her outer bark.
The question was who was the stripper. Chickadee, titmouse, bushtit? Maybe a nuthatch. Or was it a rodent?
I suspected a dusky-footed woodrat. There was a stick nest only yards away.
Rich thought maybe a Sonoma tree mouse.
We set the camera about 12 feet away and 5 feet off the ground on a metal post, and we waited 6 weeks for a good weekend to make the four and a half hour drive, which was last Saturday.
The camera batteries died after a month, but there were 52 pictures.
Forty four were of grey squirrels and twelve of them were of squirrels on the tree.
There was one visit by a woodrat.
And 4 of deer, who looked only to be passing through..
The evidence is inconclusive. None exposed the stripper.
We'll have to use video to catch it in the act.
The work never ends.