Bumps on a log

Quail of California

The Mt. Tam Cam made log for the past few weeks, but now that the streams are drying up, I’ve moved the camera to a pool where I hope to catch various animals coming down to drink. One of the animals that showed up a lot last year was a Eastern Screech-Owl, and the owl made a recent appearance here on the log. I haven’t taken a daytime photo yet.Although the cam was quite well hidden in a hollow of this tree, I hadn’t counted on one of the resident foxes managing to knock him down. It was a good thing that I secured the camera to a rock, otherwise it might have fallen on the ground. You can see in the frame below where the owl appears that the cam has been bumped to the right. Besides seeing the different animals stopping by, it’s quite interesting to see the difference in quality of the light on the mossy log and surrounding forest.

A long time ago, probably in the ’84s, I found a strange animal on a log that spanned Redwood Creek. He was just lying there halfway to the log, dead. I took it to Muir Woods to see if a ranger could tell me what it was, and it turned out to be a weasel. I had never seen one before and had no idea they were so small. I think about this encounter every time I set up the trail cam on this log, but no weasels have ever been caught on it, leading me to suspect they prefer to be further up the mountain.

Western Fence Lizard
Gray Fox

Gray Squirrel
Sonoma chipmunk and possible newt

Heritage Thrush

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