David Pogue’s CritterCam

David Pogue is an Emmy-winning tech writer (Yahoo, New York Times, Scientific American) and TV correspondent (“CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS “Nova Science Now”).

David Pogue at work in Westport, long before the coronavirus.

Yet in many ways he’s just another Westport homeowner. Every once in a while he tosses food scraps onto the yard. He figures some hungry critters will appreciate them.

Every morning, they’re gone.

His inquisitive mind wonders: Who — or what — eats them so promptly?

With a bit of time during the lockdown, he finally indulged his curiosity. On Amazon he discovered motion-triggered night-vision cameras (aka trail cameras).

The other night, he set one up. To test his visitors’ intelligence, Pogue put some corn cob pieces and stale bread under a mixing bowl, held down with a piece of slate.

The next morning he retrieved the memory card from the camera. He was amazed by both the number and variety of creatures who stopped by. He had no idea most of them lived nearby.

Being David Pogue, he edited the 12 species into a montage. Click below (if you dare):

Pogue says, “I’m aware that it’s not a great idea to leave food out for wild animals. Human food is ‘junk food’ for them, and we also don’t want them to become dependent.

“‘06880’ readers can rest assured that our food-tossing is an occasional experiment, not a regular practice.”

Pogue also knows that many Westporters are alarmed to see wildlife in their midst.

“I guess I’m a little different that way,” he says.

“I’m thrilled to know that despite our intrusion into their territory, so many native species still thrive, with their own active routines, as we lie asleep at night.”

12 responses to “David Pogue’s CritterCam

  1. Paloma Bima

    Thank you for sharing

    • That was fun… I’m with you I love the wonder of who are we sharing our area with… was hoping for something more… but still fun

  2. Nancy Wahler

    Awesome! So many visitors, who would have thought???

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    Did I see a fox briefly? Fascinating.

  4. India van Voorhees

    Clever squirrel !!!
    Delightful, thanks for this.

  5. Nancie Rinaldi

    This is great!

  6. Audrey Hertzel

    Loved this–especially the mother sparrow feeding her baby! <3

  7. Patty Kondub

    I loved Critter Cam!!

    Thank you. Music was perfect, too!!

  8. Deanna Whittredge

    What animal walked across the scene after the raccoon? Was that a wild cat or a domestic cat?

  9. Right, Deanna. What WAS that?? Also why are do various squirrels and cats so often look directly into the camera?

    • Laurie Goldberg

      I think there’s a strong possibility that it was a Fisher Cat. The tail especially looks like it. I wish we knew for sure!

  10. Was that a wylie coyote?