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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Showtl Strike Two


Long, long ago we set-up some cameras for the Codger's Camera Trapping Workshop.  I wanted to try my hand at the elusive Mountain Beaver as I struck out on a couple of short sets at last year's workshop.

Above you can see the "Before" on 6/18 and "After" images of the set.  The picture on the left is on day 1 (6/18/11) and on the right day 26 on (7/13/11), the last day an image was taken.  As you can see there was quite a bit of growth during those 26 days.

Setting up on the entrance/exit of the Aplodontia burrow, I hoped to get, well, Aplodontia. Instead all I got was a Chickaree or The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii). But as you can see the Doug squirrel was coming in and out of the Aplodontia burrow.





The Codger has gotten a lot of different species in his magnificent Aplodontia burrow sets.  Will a Chickaree be next? I had to throw this post up in a hurry just in case it is to keep from getting scooped by ol' Codge once again.

Also got a few birds, which seemed to be about all I was getting in the early Summer. Feel free to correct my bird IDs if I have them wrong.

American Robin, Turdus migratorius

Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla

Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dendroica coronata audubonii

I got a blurry picture of what might be a yellow warbler for the warbler trifecta, but it is not a good enough image to be sure.

Alas, no Showtls. Strike Two.  I will try again next year and hope not to strike out swinging on three pitches.

UPDATE: Changed to subspecific: Audubon's Warbler, Dendroica coronata audubonii


  1. That's a great set. Really like the big ole Bistort in the upper left. That yellow-rumped has a yellow throat, so I think that means you can call it to subspecies audubonii, and thus Audubon's Warbler.

    You'll get the aplo next year for sure.

  2. @RT. You are right on the audubonii, thanks.
    @TexWisGirl: The Doug squirrels are pretty darn cute and make the most hilarious sounds when they get agitated.

  3. Nice bird shots. How did I not know that the genus name for robin is turdus? How fitting!

  4. Shervin: I have to admit that I laughed when I looked up the scientific name of the American Robin. I had no idea.

  5. Codge has been to Point Reyes NP scouting for Boomer. Hopefully I can go out there this winter with my homebrew and get some pic.s, while waiting for the Sierra's snow to come and melt. If you plan an outing please let me know, I have a lot of practice being a field assistant. Am very interested in see the Showtl! Maybe we can convince Codge to come out!