Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!
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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Recent pics on 04/25/2014 09:55:29 MDT Print View

Jerry, I see bobcats pretty regularly but I would have thought it was just the same one. I saw the mountainlion twice at night and once on the trail....so I knew it was there but I did not know there were three. I have learned a lot from this experience and that probably been the best part. I definitively had no idea about the Golden Eagles right here.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
bobcats on 04/25/2014 11:56:21 MDT Print View

Great bobcat pictures too!

Nice!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Recent pics on 04/25/2014 15:40:28 MDT Print View

"Three different bobcats. The first one has long untattered ears . The middle one is the chubbiest, with smaller, rounder ears. The third has long, battlefield ears"

I'll bet the guy with the scars has more kids than all the rest put together.

Rough neighborhood for Bambis.

All in all a marvelous series of pictures. Thanks again for sharing, Katharina.

brian H
(B14) - M

Locale: Siskiyou Mtns
GS on 04/25/2014 18:59:07 MDT Print View

That is Good Stuff!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
From this morning on 04/26/2014 17:47:44 MDT Print View

A couple more..

And thank you everyone!



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Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: From this morning on 04/26/2014 18:17:32 MDT Print View

It's been fun watching the grass grow.

Watching them through the seasons would be wonderful.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Few more on 05/03/2014 13:13:19 MDT Print View

No big cats since last Saturday, but a few other critters.


This is from this morning

Bobby

Bobby


One of the few resident foxes




Foxy

Foxy

This camera has the wrong date on it. Happened when I changed batteries...

Deer


If only this was a mountain lion :)

Deer



My goofy Kylie taking a trail cam selfie yesterday . My car broke down the night before; my back up pick up broke down on the way to work at 5:30 am so I stayed home and went for a ride with my older daughter. Laughed so much it hurt.

Kylie

This one is older.....me ( pun there ??) after doing some trail clearance with my 12" chainsaw :)
Weirdest

Edited by Kat_P on 05/03/2014 13:14:28 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Few more on 05/03/2014 14:36:06 MDT Print View

Good work.

Any catnip in use?

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Few more on 05/03/2014 14:53:22 MDT Print View

Hi Bob,
No, I have not used any catnip. I even have some, I just never think of it when I head out.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Few more on 05/03/2014 15:01:23 MDT Print View

It's just an idea.

Use catnip at half of your trail cameras and none at the other half. See if it makes any difference.

--B.G.--

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Few more on 05/03/2014 17:58:39 MDT Print View

"One of the few resident foxes"

Tough neighborhood for a fox to make a living.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
cat videos on 05/04/2014 11:42:29 MDT Print View

do your video cameras have audio capabilities?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/05/04/309038580/listen-to-these-lovely-cats-no-actually-don-t

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: cat videos on 05/04/2014 12:03:43 MDT Print View

I think those two cats are trying to determine who is alpha (or beta). The one facing the camera has ears forward, is sitting, and is confident. The other has ears back and is ready to run. The one with it's back to the camera does a "look away", an acquiescing behavior, and it eventually moves away. And nobody got chewed up.

As for why they choose that particular "vocabulary" .... they're cats. They don't sound a whole lot different than city cats on a fence.

Edited by greg23 on 05/04/2014 14:56:15 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: cat videos on 05/04/2014 13:33:44 MDT Print View

Greg, where is all of this cat language with ears explained? Inquiring minds want to know. The only thing I've seen is when a cat is mad, it lays its ears back flat like it is expecting a fight.

--B.G.--

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: cat videos on 05/04/2014 14:19:52 MDT Print View

I get it from dog behavior, but it crosses to cats pretty well. It is amazingly complex and fast.

http://www.amazon.com/Canine-Body-Language-Photographic-Interpreting/dp/1929242352/ref=sr_1_3/187-8200315-2336743?ie=UTF8&qid=1399234203&sr=8-3&keywords=dog+language

My wife volunteers for the local shelter facilitating canine "play and manners", so I've watched a lot of professionally narrated video.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: cat videos on 05/04/2014 16:53:39 MDT Print View

Interesting video Sharon. Kinda reminds me of the 'discussions' in chaff, for some reason......

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
which kind of tree is this ?? on 05/04/2014 23:28:27 MDT Print View

so: i found this awesome tree on my last trip. is this fantastic life form a giant Ponderosa, or a giant Sequoia ? or am i confused ?

i know.. it's a cs thread drift. but .. humor me ....

Thank You for your help.

cheers,
v.? tree

Edited by fluff@inreach.com on 05/04/2014 23:29:40 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker)

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: which kind of tree is this ?? on 05/04/2014 23:41:31 MDT Print View

peter, where was that picture taken and at about what elevation?
Do you have any more pictures? Can you describe the needles? That's a really blurry picture.

My guess is a ponderosa or jeffery pine. Ponderosa and jeffery are very similar trees with 3 needles per bundle. The only way to tell them apart is by grabbing a cone - "prickly ponderosa, gentle jeffery". The ponderosa has outward facing prickles and is uncomfortable to hold. With the jeffery you can hold onto a cone comfortably.

Giant redwoods don't have the typical long pine needle like leaves. They have leaves with overlapping scales, similar to an incense cedar.

I've been taking a tree/shrub taxonomy class this year and it's become a fun hobby while backpacking. I'll take samples along the way and identify them in camp.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: which kind of tree is this ?? on 05/04/2014 23:46:25 MDT Print View

Peter, hard to tell from that distance for sure, but it looks like a Ponderossa the morning after a serious bender. Fun fact about Ponderosas, on the older ones if you peel some of the bark off and sniff it it smells a little like vanilla. However if the wrong people see you doing this they will think you are very weird. True story!

Giant Sequoia (gigantea) are very isolated in certain spots in the Sierra, and are in fact gradually going extinct, or so it is speculated.

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/sequoias_of_yosemite/distribution.html

If you weren't in one of these very few localized spots you can be sure it wasn't one. It doesn't look at all like sempervirens, branches or bark - I have got them in my yard. It looks like it is a pine.

A good way to ID a plant or tree is to take close up pictures for later. On trees leaves/needles, cone/nuts and bark. Also great for flowers if you take a close of of both the petals and the leaves. So much lighter that a giant plant press like John Muir carried around in the early days.

But on the big cat front, a few days ago my neighbors a few houses up from me went around and put flyers in all mailboxes that they found two mountain lions in their driveway when the came home at night, and to keep an eye on the local pets. My first thought was "well duh, of course they are around all the time here", and then my second through was "whaa!...why couldn't they have camped in MY driveway". I still have not seen any in the flesh in spite of hearing stories about people seeing them a few hundred feet away from my house every 6 months or so!

Edited by millonas on 05/05/2014 00:09:34 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
A new mountainlion from Saturday night on 05/05/2014 07:34:09 MDT Print View

This one is a male, collared and tracked. That makes for sure at least three that pass within 200 yards from my house. This one was higher up on the ridge. Left a scrape right in front of the camera.

.Make

Male

Male

And these are the three mugshots.


Mugshots



@Sharon, my Bushnell have audio capability but it has been very faint and only activated by the motion sensor.