Critter Cam

I was meaning to put this up yesterday and got busy and forgot.  We get a fair variety of critters and varmits.  Some deer, the raccoon family, and a coyote makes it into one frame.  This is roughly one night at the feeder, from evening to morning when Mrs J replenishes the corn and other seeds and picks up the memory chips.  The camera is usually off most of the day.

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New Feeder Cam

The old camera has been failing intermittently for a while now.  It would fail to turn on, or to record pictures, or be working fine then quit for no reason we could determine.  We tried new batteries, new memory cards, and basic resets but we decided we just could no longer rely on it.  I ordered another camera, from a different maker, and set it out.  It seems to be doing OK, it was initially set to be a tad too sensitive and we were getting some empty frames caused by wind or some such.  The documentation and manual that came with this one are sorely lacking but I managed to find the adjustment method and dialed the default setting back from high to medium and it seems to be doing fine.

We didn’t turn it off yesterday all day so it captured a series of pictures of mostly birds at the feeder.  A cool and mostly dreary day brightened some with some sun in the afternoon.  Here are a few captures from the day’s take:

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Night Visions

We see deer every night, and often see raccoons and skunks.  Isn’t often we see them all together like this.  The skunk and the ‘coon are literally rubbing shoulders in the one picture.

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Critter Post

Reviewed last night’s trail cam take.  Tickled me watching the raccoon scoop seeds out of the feeder and then gobble them from the ground.  He seemed to be showing the deer how to do it.  The deer all but took notes.

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Time for another trail camera show

Mrs J took the chip out to the camera yesterday afternoon, brought it back in just now.  The pictures it captured made me giggle a little.  Jack is at the border of the garden in the background when a doe walks up to the feeder area.  He watches for a minute or two before he gets up.  Pretty sure the deer didn’t see him at first and ran when she did.  Only then did Jack rouse himself.  Of only technical interest perhaps, but I can see where the camera (on automatic) upped the ISO speed-the picture turns grainy.  There are a few after dark infrared pics of raccoons at the feeder.  I can see a pair of eyes in about the same spot that Jack occupied earlier.  It may be him watching the ‘coons, dunno.

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