|Bold white stripes framed by a pert beanie cap on one end and a fluffy white and black tail on the other end = striped skunk|
In the next few posts, I thought I would feature what the wildlife are wearing to the Newt Spring in the late summer and fall.
I dug out part of the abandoned spring box this summer to provide a water source for wildlife. Then I put a trail camera on the slope above the Newt Spring to see what wildlife would visit. A striped skunk showed up the second night.
|Big skunk drinks in the early morning of August 8th.|
|Little skunk drinks at the same spot in the evening of August 8th.|
|During the day, you can see a brown color to the tip of the tail. I think this is the smaller skunk.|
|And a visit the next day from the brown-tailed skunk.|
|Eventually, I flipped the orientation of the camera but the distance of the camera from the spring is about the same so the sizes of the animals are still comparable. This looks like our regular "little" striped skunk with a small tail.|
|Big skunk checking out a cow bone left by the coyotes on a hill above the orchard. Check out the narrow stripe down its forehead (second narrow line is blade of grass).|
|Another shot of a large skunk on the same night almost one hour later at Sunset Hill.|
|Skunk tracks on the dusty trail leading to the Newt Spring. I found these on September 8. The skunk's rear track often has a line across the pad.|
|The rolling hind foot of a skunk leaving the Newt Spring. The heel doesn't always register in their tracks.|
|Skunk with row of black dots on its white cap.|
I flipped through my photos at the Newt Spring in 2012 and found two photos also in September and also showing two different sized skunks.
|Big skunk walking the road next to the Newt Spring in 2012.|
|Little skunk walking the same road by the Newt Spring a few days later in 2012.|
|Fashion mistake at the spring: gray on gray - not very bold|
Striped skunk - Mephitis mephitis
Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart, Behavior of North American Mammals, Peterson Reference Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.