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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of four. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Still looking for bushy-tail

Set 270 in the granite recess 

 It looked like a good place for a bushy-tailed wood rat -- a pile of lodgepole pine cones in a sheltered recess under granite boulders at the top of a 60 foot outcrop. 

I was in red fir forest at an elevation of 6000 feet. They should be around.

Plus, there were rat pellets in there too. At least that's what they looked like.

So even though I had camera trapped the site last year, I wasn't convinced I'd seen everything it might offer -- like bushy-tail.

So I squeezed into the space one more time and made set # 270 in mid-June.

There was fresh bear scat only about 30 feet away.

Maybe the bear would poke its nose into the recess as happened a couple years ago.

But neither bears nor wood rats made a showing.

All I got were pictures of deer mice and shadow chipmunks

The search must continue. 


DDeden said...

Well you could try the old water bottle trick:

Camera Trap Codger said...

With my luck, bushy would haul it to its nest.