We’ve finally wrapped up our data collection & collation. Amazing to have over 900 camera-nights run across 60 different sites. Almost half of these (27) were on back-yard chicken coops with the rest split evening between back yards without coops and nearby woodlands.
Below is a table of the wild animals most frequently detected on these cameras.
|Grey Squirrel||Raccoon||Cottontail||Opossum||Deer||Gray Fox|
And here are a few photos, and notes about each species.
#1. Grey Squirrels were the most common species on our cameras, not surprisingly, and were found much more frequently in yard cameras than out in the woods.
#2. Raccoons were common at all sites, and were the only species observed actually trying to get into chicken coops.
#3. Eastern Cottontail Rabbits were also more common in yards than wooded sites, probably because of all the succulent greenery we like to grow around our houses.
#4. Virginia Opossums were also more common near houses then out in wooded sites, benefiting from food we cast aside, and cozy sleeping sites under our porches.
#5. Although we did get a few White-tailed Deer in back yards, most pictures came from wooded sites.
#6. Gray Foxes were found in yards and woods. One of our most surprising findings wasn’t how common the gray fox was, but the fact that we got ZERO pictures of red foxes.