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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Who's Visiting the Pond?

On the tails (mammal and bird tails that is) of last week's post, I thought I'd continue to focus your attention on our wonderful new pond. Sam Easterson has set up some of his trusty camera traps next to the waterfall to see who might be visiting the pond. Check out the following images to see what he has found so far.

Nighttime is busy at the pond!
 Stray cat...sorry, there aren't any fish in the pond yet
and no you can't eat them when there are!

Although these night time endeavors are interesting, I think the action during the light of day is even more so. Over the last few weeks, Sam's traps have captured over 50 images of birds hanging out by the pond.

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
That is one good bath!
Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus,
 stops by for a moment.
 Western Gull, Larus occidentalis, going in for a drink.
Camera shy Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus.

Male Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana

For the grand finale, watch three bird species drinking from the pond at once! We've got a Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, on the far left, a Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis, center frame, and a Warbling Vireo, Vireo gilvus, doing a fly-by.

Want to see more creatures caught on camera trap? No problem, check out lots more pictures and videos on our flickr pool.

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