On Thursday morning (March 1st), as I took the dog out, I heard Red-Winged Black birds (Agelaius phoeniceus) calling for the first time in the trees along the driveway (there's a wetland nearby).
Also, the camera traps deployed as part of Advanced Ecology lab have been snapping many pictures. This week the students finally got back on-site to check their cameras (as well as set up a new particularly smelly experiment, that I'll talk about in the future). It had been three weeks since our last on-site visit and we had plenty of pictures.....although most of these were of white-tailed deer.
But, we did get some other cool shots....
This included numerous pics of skunks (Mephitis mephitis) for the first time this year. Suddenly in the last two weeks or so, skunks were caught numerous times on three of the six cameras we have out. Late February through March is the breeding season, so I'm not surprised to see these little fellers out and about now.
None of the pics were particularly great. In fact, most of them look like streaks....as you can see below.
We also nabbed our first shots of a Whistlepig (Marmota monax). This is alittle early for them, but not unheard of.
here). Look close, they are in the background (one of them is the many-pointer that's been hanging around for awhile now).
We also caught racoon, red fox and coyote again....but the pics really weren't anything to write home about.
More results related to our lab to come in the future, hopefully!