I set up a remote trail camera to record the Trumpeters back in December. This group is called K-18/19. They fly down from the Yukon each Fall to spend their winters in Tofino. There were 5 last year but only three this year. I do hope they simply took off elsewhere and were not killed?

I went to swap the card and put fresh batteries in but was disheartened to find the unit wasn’t turning on? I brought it home and put it on top of a warm spot. Sometimes moisture can get in as vapour? Electronics and moisture…….not good bed fellows! At any rate it turns out the unit ain’t going to be turning back on any time soon! I kept it in a protected housing but moisture can always find a way in! I do have a extra one THAT DOES STILL WORK and will put it back out in a day or so. I’ve since ordered another one. It did record 109 videos but no Trumpeters…..or anything for that matter! It appears water movement was the main triggering reason? I will have to adjust the sensor level.

Sometimes things just don’t go as you want. It’s a tough environment out there!

UPDATE : Feb 18 – It appears that the unit is working now! Bringing it back in in the warmth must of evaporated the vapour creating the problem. I found some sand on the weather seal. That’s all vapour needs to get inside!

So very happy that I didn’t lose a second unit!

32 thoughts on “DISAPPOINTMENT

    1. they are! I hate going to this location and disturbing them. So I try to just leave them alone with hopefully a working camera!
      Do you live in the Yukon? I could find the name of the lake where they were tagged.

    1. the unit never was touched by a single drop Andy. I’m just guessing that it must be moisture? We have more than our fair share of rain here! In the past I’ve been able to warm something up and get that vapour out but suspect this might bean internal electric problem?
      Thanks for the suggestion!

    2. Well after keeping it on a warm spot for several days it appears the unit is now working perfectly! Which means there must be a leak somewhere that vapour (not water) can get in! I will clean the weather seal and maybe seal the 12 volt port as well. We have so much rain here that this is the norm for me and everyone with electronics!
      A local woman had one of those runabout electric vehicles but had to get rid of it as the electronics failed. If she kept it in a garage with a heated floor she’d have no problem I bet!

  1. So sad to hear only three trumpeters this year! Fingers crossed they went elsewhere. And it’s always good to have backups. I have spent many minutes listening to the HUBS complain when he doesn’t have some thing or other for his camera.

  2. The trio of Trumpeters you captured in these photos are beautiful. Hopefully the two that are missing just took a wrong turn and are fine. I like the reflections of their wings on the water. Being behind in Reader allowed me to see your post script. Good luck, but I guess you will wait until next Fall/Winter to capture images of the annual visit by the Trumpeters.

      1. The local/Detroit Audubon Society site I follow showcased a Trumpeter Swan amongst the Mute Swans at the Detroit River. They are not common here and it was by itself.

  3. It was preening and all of a sudden got an attitude and started pecking the Mute Swan. It is “Invasive Species Week” here in Michigan and a lot of the nature sites I follow are featuring info on invasive plants, birds … Mute Swans are considered invasive … they also mentioned House Sparrows as there are too many of them and they are mean and kick the smaller birds like wrens right out of their nests. We don’t get many Trumpeter here so the head of the Detroit Audubon Society hurried down to the River to see it:

    1. Birds are very smart. This Trumpeter might realize there are no other Trumpeters around and be feeling stressed? They are very social which explains why it has joined this group. It may of gotten lost during a snowstorm? It’s looking for it’s family I bet!
      Too many Sparrows means there are few predators around. Which I believe is what you want.

      1. Were you able to open his series of shots – hope so. Maybe the Trumpeter did get lost. I have seen Trumpeters just twice and both times it was a pair. Hopefully something didn’t happen to its mate/traveling buddy. There are lots of sparrows at my house. I wonder if the Hawks prey on the Sparrows – it would have lots of opportunities because they are everywhere. I’d be happy if all the Hawks were gone, at home and the Park. Sadly it is too late for Grady and his pals.

      2. Yes,I saw the shots that fellow took. I’m sure there is a reason why that Trumpeter is alone but we will never know it.
        I do not think Hawks can get small birds. They are far too manueverble!
        It would be the same difference between a 747 and a Jet fighter!

      3. I just mentioned that he is not a photographer, just the President of the Detroit Audubon Society. We never had hawks until the last two or three years. We had Peregrine Falcons about five years ago – before that nothing. The squirrels and birds could move around without worries. I don’t think a small bird would satisfy a hungry hawk. They are too small.

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