Category Archives: Wild Critters
Worm poop, to be indelicate about it. Since my containers sit on concrete this is often the first indication that I have a worm gorging itself. Above this particular spoor was a cayenne pepper.It’s amazing how hard it is to spot these critters even when you know there is one there, somewhere. When you do, finally, spot them you are again amazed that you didn’t see it right away.This one is on a Thai pepper. I saw the poop under it a few days ago but I couldn’t spot the culprit. I thought that it had moved on. Then I spotted a branch shaking. He is so heavy that his own movement gave him away.
We moved a game camera to a spot overlooking a stretch of lawn south of the house. The camera is pointing towards the east and doesn’t usually get much action. This morning it saw a bit more:
A small buck in velvet wander past just after 5AM this morning..
followed by a coyote trotting quickly off-frame on the right in the first seconds of the video..
and a turkey moseying along a few minutes past 8AM.
Homer is a bit territorial, he refuses to share his picnic table with this raccoon.
I had a fun time trying to remove the heavy breathing from the video. There is a method using the VLC app that I managed to finally get right after a dozen or more tries. I wanted to find a setting on the smartphone to record video sans audio but had no luck at all. I could deny the camera app permission to use the mic but the default Samsung camera refused to load without it. I may go on a hunt for an alternate camera app, but not today.
Found this guy on the walk in front of the garage. I didn’t know what it was but the distinctive markings and orange color made a search easy. I’m sure I have never seen the caterpillar form because it is distinctive as well.