Creatures of the night

Do you ever wonder who visits your yard at night? We now live in a much wilder place than our previous home near the ocean, and in addition to a larger more wooded property, our neighborhood has a protected wooded buffer, offering even more wildlife habitat so there’s lots going on almost every night.

The above photo was taken with our relatively new wildlife camera, the Reconyx Microfire, which was recommended to us by a friend. We have it mounted on a fence, facing the back of the property. It’s pricey, but so far anyway, worth it.

This game camera is automatic, so anything within its range that moves it photographs or videos. I am hoping that when our resident black bear emerges from hibernation, it’ll get a few shots of him, too.

Here are a couple of other visitors. This fox, (or maybe it’s several, who knows?) swings by almost every night. Nice bushy tail!

And here’s one of those big, burly Rhode Island coyotes, looking like he or she is just hanging out. The camera downloads images to my iPhone, so I can view and edit them easily.

I’ll be sure to post new and interesting photos as they happen. So far, it’s been a lot of fun to see what’s going on while we’re sleeping.



About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Creatures of the night

  1. CJ Wright says:

    That’s so cool. What a fun toy, dn! 🙂


  2. lesleymclaughlin says:

    Envious of your new camera! My attempts at wildlife photos or video have been pitiful, though the subjects are fascinating! Woodchuck, doe & buck, a complete season of nest building to fledged orioles and a couple of really huge (dead) beetles that were successfully photographed. Let’s not talk about my camera “equipment.” I so enjoy your blogs.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks for reading, Leslie. This is a very passive activity on my part. At least when you’re actually taking photos, you are noticing the subject and taking the time to photograph it, which is a much greater level of engagement.Your photos sound interesting.


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