Wrapping It Up In Our Woods

Departure of a year welcomes so many new memories.

~Munia Khan

Our woods offer a lot of things to us – a quiet soundscape, a canopy of huge trees that help cool our landscape in summer, majestic gray forms that stretch to the winter sky, and a source of nourishment and shelter for the countless wild neighbors that share our land. I try to observe as much as I can in my wanderings in the yard and on our forest paths, but I am not out there all the time. When I am not present, I have other eyes to record the comings and goings of the wildlife. In the final two weeks of last year, the trail cameras recorded the usual activities of the herd of deer (still munching on the abundant acorns), the scampering of squirrels, the nightly forays of the Raccoon family, and even some neighbors enjoying the woods. But there were also some nice surprises. Here are a couple of new memories from the final days and nights of 2022…

— The bucks are starting to hang out together now that the rut is about over. One of these looks like it has a broken antler.

Less than a minute after the broken antler buck left the scene, another nice buck entered.

— Another nice buck enters from the left while the one keeps chowing down on acorns.

I re-positioned a different camera to a more ground level view and was rewarded with some new camera critters…

— I had seen a chipmunk at this site before so I put the camera down low and captured some close up behavior

— A male Northern Flicker lands and probes a few times for its favorite food, ants, before taking off

The Raccoon den tree had a nice clip of two of its residents during the daytime for a change…

— Two Raccoons head back to their den in the hollow of the giant Tulip Poplar early one morning last week

I am always delighted to see some of the predators that call our woods home (or at least part of their foraging area).

— A nice-looking Coyote trotted by this camera twice, going in each direction, one night

— The biggest thrill is when the cameras see a Bobcat wandering through the forest. This large one angled down off a ridge and then followed the dry creek bed.

— Another camera downstream along the creek bed caught the Bobcat a few minutes later as it trotted through. This is the fourth time my cameras have recorded one of these secretive animals in the past two years (three times at night, once during the day).

That’s a wrap for trail camera adventures for last year. Looking forward to many more glimpses into the lives of our wild neighbors. Now, if only a wandering bear would stop by…


9 thoughts on “Wrapping It Up In Our Woods

  1. I was wondering about bears in the woods around here myself as I watched your videos. They seemed to be more plentiful in eastern NC when I lived in Edenton than here in the Piedmont. It’s always fun to see what is happening in the woods at night when the rest of us are sleeping. Thank you for these interesting videos!

    • Thanks, Mary Kay. Bears are a rarity here in the Piedmont although they do occasionally travel inland from the coast in search of territory, especially along river corridors. There has been a cluster of sightings of a bear(s) in Chatham County this winter. Unfortunately, they almost never do well here due to population density of humans, roads, etc.

      • Thank you. Fortunately there is still quite a bit of open space in eastern NC.

  2. Excellent post! Thank you for sharing your videos of this peaceful kingdom. What a joy to watch all these beautiful creatures. More please!

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