I was out in our backyard cutting grass when I spotted this enormous hole in the bank leading down to the lowest level of our yard.
The hole is about 40 feet from our lake, but about four feet above lake level in the bank. Its about 10 inches across, and depth is hard to judge. The bank is almost vertical at that point.
I appealed to my Facebook friends as to what they thought it might be. Predictably, the speculations ran from Yeti to howler monkey to fox to ground hog. I still have know idea when might have created this hole.
So, I decided to do some exploration. I took an IR camera and mounted it on my monopod, put it into video mode, and slowly lowered it into the hole.
Here’s what it found…
At least, nothing exciting like a honey badger or chupacabra. I guess they just have been out having lunch.
But this isn’t the only excavation going on the yard. We do have beavers and muskrats at work. One or more of them have created a trail across or grass, and it looks like they have started small holes in our yard.
They have also been digging into our bank. On the lowest level of our yard, they have dug out their own ponds.
However, the beavers and muskrats usually don’t come that high up on the bank.
I almost wish I had one of those IR game cameras. I would leave it on overnight and see what crawls past.