Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Stinkarella and skunklets
Stinkarella took the kids for a stroll three nights ago (June 14), and walked right past the camera on a jeep trail.
The site is in the chaparral a couple hundred yards from my house -- the same place where something nailed a striped skunk over a month ago, and where Fred got his lessons in rattlesnake avoidance.
I am always pleased to get pictures of spotted skunks, especially when it's a family like this.
I get spotted skunk images here quite often, especially in mixed conifer-oak woodland, but mothers with young in tow can be seen only a few weeks during the year.
Last year I recorded a mother with skunklets on June 25th.
On a related topic, I have to confess that the three cams at "el paso de las pumas" were a bust.
I pulled them this afternoon, and I'm taking them to greener pastures in Sierra County this weekend.
The redhead and I'll be attending a reunion of San Francisco State University biology graduates.
We're meeting at the SF State Field Campus, where I'm supposed to demonstrate my camera trapping obsession.
I'll set 5 cameras in preparation for the Camera Trapping Workshop there next month.
The reunion should prove amusing. Most of us are geezers, and we haven't seen each other for decades.
Anyway, I am back in commission, so I'll be posting more often than during the past month.