In the next few (no restrictions or limitations) segments of Visitors of the Log Pile series, I will describe pictures collected over the years from a particular spot on my woodlot. As you will read about, a variety of wildlife have frequented this area and I have been fortunate enough to capture their presence on my collection of trail cameras. My photo gallery consists of many still photos and videos (day and night) that I will share which show the many different species that enjoy this area as much as myself. This particular article is 2nd is the second in this series.
Adventuring into the woods and collecting my trail camera pictures is always a fun way for me to spend the day. Each picture and is unpredictable and unique. When I downloaded my images to my computer on this day, I was quite surprised to see this magnificent image of the The Maine Fisher Cat. This elusive forest creature has no natural enemies and wins most of his battles with his sharp teeth and long dangerous claws. Ironic to its name, these wildlife creatures are not a feline and do not feast on fish. They are family to the American Marten and forages mostly on small animals with an occasional diet of fruits and mushrooms. Fisher Cats are rarely seen by humans so you can image my delight when this black beauty became curious about how this log pile had shown up in his living space overnight. Although they are secretive and reclusive animals, their blood-curlding screams can be heard throughout the woods of Maine.
My trail camera captured this shot as he was admiring his new playground. Trail Cameras are equipped with motion sensor capabilities that triggers a picture when it is in within a specific range. As you can see, this one was taken at 9:30 am on June 25, 2017 with a moon phase that is at waxing crescent stage. There is also an information bar at the bottom of each image which is very helpful in researching how, where and when forest animals live and forage. Each day’s statistics are usually embedded on the bottom of each picture (depending on camera brand) that include date, time, temperature, moon phase when the sensor was triggered. The information bar is significant to this picture because it is rumored that Fisher Cats are nocturnal animals however, this information proves they can active throughout the day also.
Stay tuned for the next segment of Visitors of The Log Pile