OK, let's get this clear right off the bat: these photos from the trail camera my wife, Laurel, tends to -- moving it around our property in rural south Salem in attempts to capture what our non-human neighbors are doing -- aren't exactly National Geographic quality.
But, hey, they show wild creatures living their animal lives on what sure seems to be a popular spot. (The dates on the photos appear to be off; so is the time, probably.)
Coyote! Wily canines who we occasionally see in the daytime, but not often.
We have some irrational coyote-hating neighbors who tried to shoot them, not recognizing that coyotes are a valuable part of nature's ecosystem. For example, I assume (and hope) that they kill non-native California ground squirrels, who are a major pain in the butt for us given their propensity for digging under the foundation of our house.
Laurel thought she heard some coyote howls last night. That's a good sign.
They used to "sing" frequently near our house, excited over this or that, or just howling for the fun of it. When our neighbors started shooting at them, the coyotes became a lot more silent. They didn't leave the area; they just adapted to the need to be stealthier. Which shows how smart they are, like other canines.
A doe, with one of her two fawns peeking out from between her legs. The fawns are super-cute, naturally. All mottled/spotted.
A fawn in front and back of the headless mother.
Good photo of one of the fawns. My, what big ears you have!
Raccoon coming toward the motion-activated camera.
Raccoon moving away from the camera. Hopefully you took your heart medicine before viewing these photos, because they are damn exciting, right?
A non-elusive gray squirrel. Still, it's wildlife!
We were surprised to see that bunnies are out and about at night. Haven't they gotten the news about coyotes frequenting this trail?
Possum? Can't think what else would have a tail like that.