Monday, November 28, 2011
Okay, here's something fun we've been trying for a few weeks - off and on...
We noticed some unusually large scat out in the courtyard and set up our camera trap to see who the nocturnal visitors might be. The possibilities are limited, since the area is only accessible via the trees - or via flight.
Virginia Opossum, Didelphis virginianus - North America's only native marsupial.
We were thinking it could have been a Gray Fox, since they're arboreal - and the scat was fairly large - so we'll keep trying! - fun stuff.
Bird list for the last few weeks (November 14-18 and 21-23, 2011):
6. Cooper's Hawk
11. Northern Flicker
18. Cedar Waxwing
Celastrus scandens, Oriental Bittersweet - bad weed, but good food supply for the birds.
23. Carolina Wren
28. American Goldfinch
Baltimore Oriole - two!!
31. House Sparrow
Diverse habitat near the Leaf Pile - some bittersweet, some Phragmites, some open woodland.
This is often a good place for morning bird activity - in fact on a warm, humid morning earlier this week, this spot was alive with birdsong. Robins were singing, the Baltimore Oriole sang a few notes, White-throated and Song Sparrows joined in. Felt like spring!