New Trail Cam!

I have a new gadget to play with! A trail cam (GardePro A3) that I got this week and started “messing with.” Trying to figure out how it works.

So I have a couple tripods that I have been using, a short one, and a tall one to mount the thing on. All I have is a typical suburban lot, no trails nor woods. Just my back yard.

So what I have been capturing are squirrels, cardinals, blue jays, and lots of sparrows at our backyard feeders.

I’m really loving the cardinals.

Lots of seed spills on the ground so I have spent some time capturing that.


So far it has been lots of fun. I have it on motion sensing and it takes one still photo and ten seconds of video.


So I end up with lots and lots of images and video and I’m finding that it takes some time to wade through it to get unique captures.


This juvenile Coopers Hawk showed up and checked things out. I captured its image with a conventional camera through my living room window.. I’m sure they like the feeders also. We see bird and squirrel parts every once in a while. I think there is a nest close by. I have seen other hawks in our yard the last month or so.


The first evening I had the trail cam I set it on the back patio to see if any big critters showed up, and just me!!

So, you veteran trail camera people, do you have any good tips for me?

I’m linking with Eileen’s Saturday’s Critters. Come join the fun.

12 thoughts on “New Trail Cam!

  1. DeniseinVA

    I can’t tell you enough how happy I am you have added a trail cam to your photographic collection. I’m sure you are going to be offering us tips. Great captures and the tripod is a wonderful idea.

  2. Vicki

    I love your video’s, especially the one of all the birds eating on the ground. I had to buy a new bird feeder with a Squirrel Buster because the squirrels were eating most of the bird feed.

  3. Nancy Chan

    A great addition to your collection. Now you have lots of critters photos to share with us. Having one of this cam will be great to capture all the birds in my garden.

  4. Eileen

    Hello Alan,

    The new trail cam takes great photos and videos. You have a lot of yard birds there, the Hawk was a great sighting too. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  5. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wonderful videos and stills of the ‘feathered friends’ in your yard ~ always fascinated by Trail Cams but know nothing about them ~
    do know that a tripod would be blown down in a minute on my deck where bird feeders are ~ can the cams be attached to your house?


    Wishing you lots of loving moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. mae

    The hawk may see this as a feeder, too — and grab a bird or small animal. We once saw a hawk swoop down on the little chipmunks that were scarfing the spill over birdseed. Of course we are like EIleen: we appreciate all God’s critters. Whoever they eat.

    best… mae at

  7. Barb

    Another camera, Alan! I can’t keep up with you. I have a blog friend in Boulder who has several and uses them in wilderness (they own acreage). She gets lots of critters including mountain lions, bears, and moose.

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