More recent wildlife visits in the yard – deer, coyotes and bobcats:
I’ve had a few chances to try using my drone to track the coyotes that are often in the neighborhood. They don’t seem too disturbed by the Mavic but I keep it back aways and zoom in and crop to get some decent footage. One of them even came running over to investigate when I had it hovering some 20 ft off the ground in the nearby field:
Somebody’s been eating my newly planted flowers in my front yard. I was pretty sure I knew who the culprit was, but for fun I moved my motion-activated camera to the front yard, near the house, to see what I might find. Well, it took only a couple of nights to catch a whole range of suspects prowling my yard.
I knew there were a couple of rabbits that have taken up residence beneath some of the tall grasses near the house since I sometimes see them out and about in the mornings. And not surprising to see the coyotes trying to find the rabbits. But it was a surprise to see a bobcat has been trying to catch the bunnies in the yard too. And of course I also caught the true culprits who’ve been eating my flowers! I’ve now installed a motion-activated light and noise-maker now so perhaps the flowers will recover.
I noticed Pan looking out the window intently this morning… presumably watching the wild rabbits in the front yard again. But no, it was somebody else looking for the bunnies today! Grabbed a little video, set to the tune of some classic cartoon music from Warner Brothers:
I bought one of those motion-sensing wildlife “game” cameras and have been trying it in different spots around my property here in the hills near Santa Cruz. Not so many lions and tigers and bears, but lots of deer and coyotes, the occasional raccoon and squirrel, but also caught a bobcat and a couple of bucks sparring in just the past month:
More local Santa Cruz wildlife:
I often see or hear coyotes near my house but yesterday I happened to catch these two come snooping up the driveway into my front yard, presumably looking for mice and rabbits… and kitties. (See that, Pan and Hera? You better be good or the coyotes will get you!!)
Coyotes in the Yard (80 seconds, 24 MB)