Group of 6-8 rats foraging in ground cover.
Not sure of the ID.
Surprised that at the coldest point of the night the rat appears. Temperature about freezing, hail and snow, and camera playing up badly, crashing and loosing frames so things a bit jerky.
Trap baited with cooked meat (kitchen scraps) and peanut butter, to allow for a variety of customer tastes.
Rat enters the entrance chamber and steals a few morsels, but not enticed to trigger trap to get the main bait.
Still haven't caught the black rat seen yesterday, and today yet another brown rat turns up.
Crossing the river in front of our boat.
A rather cautious rat, that took a lot of enticing with tit-bits in the entrance way and on the trigger plate, and ended up getting caught just at the edge of the trigger plate.
The animated sequence shows the rat taking 20 minutes to foray into the trap entranceway before it finally decides to risk going in further. (5 sequences joined together with intervening absences omitted)
As the rat wasn't very interested in the trap yesterday, I added a bit of meat as bait. It certainly showed a lot of interest, but couldn't find the entrance! I suppose I need a little light over the entrance with a label in rattish.
It spent a whole second paused looking at the wall, not sure what the interest was.
No mice, a howling gale, recycling blowing about ... and of course another rat. The reason for having the camera is to monitor the behaviour of animals around the trap, and here we see the rat pause before approaching the plastic container that is blowing about, then quickly sniff it on passing and then disappear. There is only a bit of cheese in the trap, not enough to entice the rat to investigate inside.
The still photos are from half an hour earlier when this rat is first seen near the trap.
The brown rat, common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, brown Norway rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat (Rattus norvegicus), or hood rat is one of the best known and most common rats.