The trees will tell their secrets to those who tune in.
I check the trail cameras once a week or so and am always anxious to see what secrets they uncover in our woods. The past few weeks it has mainly been squirrels chasing each other around and deer, lots of deer. November is the peak of the mating season (aka rut) for deer in our area and they have been busy. The abundant acorn crop is giving them plenty of food so they all look in their prime. There is a herd of about nine does that I see regularly on the cameras. Several bucks (at least four or five that are 6-pointers or larger) are making the rounds, chasing does and challenging each other and nearby tree saplings. Here are a few of the highlights from this month.
— Three large bucks (look for one to come in from the left) check each other one morning behind the house before one big guy becomes the obvious king
— One large buck comes in near the end to chase a doe. The cameras have caught many cases of bucks chasing does in the last few weeks.
— Sometimes a buck is just looking, hoping for a doe to be near. This beautiful 8-pointer likes the camera
— It is not all about the deer. Here, my oldest camera model captures a grainy night-time image of four raccoons (one adult and three young) climbing the large Tulip Poplar that serves as a den tree
— It has been a few weeks since the cameras caught a coyote. Here is a slow motion view of beautiful canine trotting along a favorite coyote pathway in our woods.