Archive for the 'Mammals' Category

10
Sep
08

Burying Beetle Eating a Mouse – September 10, 2008

As I’m walking home I spot the carcass of a mouse. It is moving slightly. I take a closer look and I spy two beetles(hairy burying beetles I presume) digging underneath the mouse. I realize that this is the same insect that I had observed on July 17, 2008. Golden Nature Guide (p112)states that there have been reports that some of the larger of these beetles …”dig under the carcass o f a small animal till it falls into the hole and is actually buried to serve as food for the larvae…” Very interesting.

Carrion Beetle - September 10 2008

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11
Apr
08

Walnut Remains from Flying Squirrel #2 – April 11 2008

Here in the old stump a flying squirrel left the shell of a black walnut. These squirrels eat 4 small holes in the walnut.

28
Mar
08

Rabbit & Squirrel Tracks in Snow – March 28 2008

Rabbit tracks look like a “Y”.

Rabbit Tracks in snow - March 28 2008


Squirrel tracks look like a “W”

 

Squirrel Tracks - March 28 2008

26
Mar
08

Frieda, the camp deer – March 26, 2008

Here is the deer that has been hanging out at camp this winter. It has even been play with one of the camp dogs.

25
Mar
08

Why did the Turkey Vulture Cross the Road? – March 25, 2008

On our way back from helping teach the homeschool programĀ at Camp Amigo , my assistant finds a turkey vulture and a bird of prey(immature redtail hawk?) feasting on this road kill rabbit. We turn around to see if we can get a picture and the hawk takes off. But we get a few pictures of the turkey vulture.

Turkey Vulture - March 25, 2008

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17
Mar
08

Walnut Eaten by Red Squirrel – March 16, 2008

Walnut Eaten by Red Squirrel, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

Here is a walnut that has been eaten by a red squirrel. Red squirrels tend to eat walnuts from the top down.

Fox squirrels(& gray squirrels) tend to gnaw two openings one on each side.

Flying squirrels chew 4 oval hole in the walnut to get the meat out.

05
Feb
08

Squirrel Tracks in the snow – Feb 5, 2008

Squirrel Tracks in the snow, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

Squirrel tracks look like a “W”. Their front feet touch first then their back feet come on the outside the land in front. Rabbit tracks look are similar except they look like the letter”Y”.