ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT – Marilyn Armstrong

In the end, Owen bought an inexpensive trail camera for the back deck. It arrived yesterday and we set it up on a tripod. This morning, I put the chip in the computer and we had 137 pictures of our woodland creatures.

They arrived in three waves. The flying squirrels showed up first, at around 8:30 pm. The pictures are not exactly brilliant, but you can tell what they are by their small size … and the wings. Only one showed up last night, or at least only one we could see. Three pictures of gliding in, landing on the post, and sucking up to the big feeder.

Gliding in for a landing on the post


Feeding time for a flying squirrel

At least three mammals came to feed last night: regular squirrels, and flying squirrels, chipmunks. At about 2:30 in the morning, the masked bandits arrived.

At 3:20 AM, the masked banditos of the night arrive for some crunchies. By  now the flying squirrels have left

Pass the black sunflower seeds!

Hey, move over!

Maybe they’ll put up another feeder. I’ve got a couple of hungry cousins …

And finally, at just before five in the morning, the first squirrel arrives. Dawn is about to break and before long, several of his brethren will join him. This guy was an early starter. The camera was set to turn off at five, so tonight maybe we’ll set it to turn off closer to six.

And here is the first squirrel of the day.

First squirrel of the day

So how many animals are we feeding? It’s just as well the feeders are on the deck or we might be feeding the deer, too! So went the first night. They do seem to be taking turns. Good thing we keep filling those feeders.

NOTE: These cameras are used for security and surveillance. You know how on TV, they sharpen these pictures so that they look like they came out of your best camera? Well, it’s not true. These were as good as I could make them and I have pretty good tools!

Categories: Animals, Flying squirrels, Marilyn Armstrong, Nature, New England, Photography

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19 replies

  1. This is what I consider money well spent. Fascinating, fun, wonderful, interesting, and great, great news of your NIGHTLY LIFE…. Love it.


  2. These are amazing pictures, Marilyn. You are fortunate to live in a place where you have wildlife. I live in a city.


  3. What fun to see the life than goes on around you as you sleep.

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  4. Very cool to see what goes on out there during the night!


  5. Oh Marilyn, what fun – you have a real menagerie there….


    • An even bigger one than I thought we had. I thought we might have raccoons but never saw them. They were around for almost two hours, trading places at the feeders. I think we didn’t see as many of the little flyers because they glide in from behind the post and don’t trigger the camera. We moved the tripod off to one side in the hope of getting different pictures.

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  6. I probably shouldn’t but I get such a kick out of the raccoons. I provide breakfast and dinner on my front porch every day for a small group of neighborhood cats. One morning I heard a clamor outside and the cats were all bunched to one side. The mama raccoon and her two babies were washing their hands in the cats water bowl! They got scooted away pretty darn quickly–but they are cute with those little masks.


    • They are very smart and they can get pretty cozy with people very fast. Just be careful. They aren’t indoor pets. Good outdoor pets if you live in a warm climate, though. And they are not afraid of us or our cats or dogs. Maybe a very big dog.

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  7. Are all these diners recent visitors or do you think they have been coming for a long time and you didn’t know it? There must be some kind of animal dining out guide.


    • I’m pretty sure we’ve been getting raccoons for a while. When we were having our feeders knocked down, I thought it had to be raccoons. I didn’t think squirrels could do that. We’ve probably been getting flying squirrels for months and probably last year, too. But of course, I didn’t know we even had flying squirrels. Regular squirrels are daytimers. This one we caught was just an early riser, probably wanted to get a hook into a feeder before the rest of the clan came around. By nearly 5 in the morning, it’s close to dawn and that’s when they usually feed.

      I never saw the raccoons mind you, but the kind of damage I saw had to be something bigger than a squirrel — with hands. Raccoons have opposable thumbs and can do a lot of damage. They tend to get very chummy. They make great and highly intelligent pets, but you can’t keep them indoors. They will turn your house to rubble overnight.

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  8. Marilyn, when does the last orders happen, after four….


    • We have the camera set to shut down at five. That will change because we’re moving into Daylight Savings Time this weekend. We also moved the tripod in the hopes of getting a better look at the woods, maybe see some of the deer that live there and see what else is living there. I know we have foxes and coyotes and often, bobcats. We have a lot of wildlife. Maybe we’ll get a look at an owl, too.

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  9. What fun that will be!


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