Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THANKS FOR THE DRINK

I haven't seen deer around the house for ages. Then the other day two males visited the water butt for a drink.


It prompted me to set up the infra red camera to see if anyone else was visiting.


The deer come around several times a day and the camera captured a pecking order among them. A young male was on his way over to the water when he veered away. In comes a larger male with a bigger rack. They hang around together but the leader gets first dibs.




Then there is the pair of foxes. Round several times a night.


So there are raccoons around here. This is the first one I have ever seen. He's probably the one who was eating my cantaloupes. Grrh!! It's fun to see what wildlife shares this piece of land with us.

15 comments:

  1. Oh yea! You got the camera. It is addicting. Just watch and see. hahah I was impressed with the photos- don't you think they are good?

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  2. Where I live, I have got to set up one of these remote cameras!

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  3. So how are you feeling about this parade of thirsty critters? (they must really appreciate your water bucket)

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  4. We have deer here all day. In fact, Mr P just refilled the bucket, and they're standing over it. Will have to refill again.
    Our neighbor has raccoons who come into her garden room. She leaves a window open for the cats. They've been dragging her metal birdseed holder all the way out into the yard.
    And, a person who posts on the Wimberley Valley Forum has porcupine who comes to his water trough. Now THAT is a surprise to me. Didn't know there were any in Texas.
    No telling who will show up!

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  5. I must say your raccoon looks skinny compared to the ones I've seen at my yard. I guess the city raccoons have more dining options that your country coons.

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  6. My husband is getting one of those cameras for Christmas. How cool! And Linda, one of my neighbors had a porcupine on her porch several weeks ago

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  7. OOO, I need to get one of these...I lost a melon to something with sharp teeth (and then I promptly covered the other one with a flowerpot to keep it from getting eaten), but I do wonder what animals come by the water bowls/garden out back and the water dish out front - the only ones I know about are the cats, birds, and squirrels, but it wouldn't surprise me if the coyotes came for the water and the possibility of a delicious cat.

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  8. I guess it could photograph the two legged creatures too.

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  9. Kacky- Yes, can't wait to get the card out every morning and see what came by.
    Desert dweller- You probably have javelinas and coyotes.
    Danger garden- As long as they don't eat my plants everything is ok.
    Linda- At our other house I had an automatic feeder for cat-until I caught the raccoon tucking in. We saw a porcupine on the road last week. Road kill. We both said the same thing."A porcupine?"
    Abbey- i can't imagine why. he ate all my
    cantaloupes.
    cynthia- Is it going to be a surprise? I am happy with this ne so far. 6 meg with infra red on the advice of my hunting neighbor.
    katina- Don't know where you are but I'll bet you have the full gamut of critters. Maybe no deer though.
    Greggo- Don't know just how sensitive it is but it really does well in daylight. Bit grainy at night.

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  10. What a cool idea. I would do it here, but I know what comes around at night. Possums are one ugly animal, racoons mess with my fish and we also have tree rats, which I don't need to see. They all seem to thrive in the city.

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  11. I love your camera idea. If I saw deer or a fox, I would be bouncing off the walls. Great shots of the animals. Very exciting stuff.

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  12. How interesting! Was the camera easy to set up? I love the foxes!

    Years ago, when we had a bad spell of drought, I was amazed at the critters that showed up at the bird bath. Now that I live in the far north-I'm sure I'd REALLY see some neat things!

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  13. Les-Tree rats? Are those the same as roof rats? We have cotton rats but they eat seeds and vegs. and don't want to come inside the house.
    Roherbot-Those males are beauties. I only hope my neighbor doesn't use them for bow and arrow practice.
    Sue-Christmas present! It came with the bungie cords to strap to a tree. Pretty easy to set up.

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  14. An infrared camera! How fun! It's neat to see your foxes stopping by for a drink.

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  15. I'm pretty sure Les means Gray Squirrels. lol A lot of creatures certainly appreciate that water trough!

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