Magical Coyotes & Other Wildlife Captured on Trail Cam

coyote
Image in the public domain.

Within the woods is where the magic happens! That’s especially true when you capture a coyote on the trail camera. I compiled some recent trail cam videos of coyotes along with bears, ravens and deer. I hope you enjoy.

coyote
Coyote of Mexico by Charles Hamilton Smith More. Original in the public domain.

“Coyotes have the gift of seldom being seen; they keep to the edge of vision and beyond, loping in and out of cover on the plains and in highlands. —N. Scott Momday

So, what’s so special about the coyote? What makes them so magical?

 Here are three great reasons that make a coyote special.


First, coyotes are efficient hunters because of their sharp senses. They use mostly their sense of hearing and sense of smell to capture their prey. Whenever prey is not available, they will eat large quantities of berries and fruits.

coyote in the field
Coyote in Field. Image in the public domain.

Second, coyotes are extremely fast and can run as fast as 64 km (40 miles) per hour.

wildlife trail cam
Curious coyote. Original in the public domain.

Third, coyotes are nocturnal and have nightly serenades of yaps and howls. Plus, their howls are a code for other coyotes. Coyotes have a pecking order (Alpha, beta, etc). Their howls let each coyote know who is in charge! You can read more on Decoding Coyotes Yips, Barks, and Howls.

coyote
Image in the public domain.

Wishing you a magical day!  Enjoy the trail cam video.

Debra Roinestad blogger

Debra Roinestad

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023
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A young black bear searches for food on a talus slope. Image in the public domain image.

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Enjoy the trail cam videos!

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All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
Harper’s weekly, Christmas ’98 by Edward Penfield. Image in the public domain.
All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
Image in the public domain.

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Photo by Nicolas Pratlong

It only comes out after dark and hides within the trees…ladies and gentleman introducing the whippoorwill. The whippoorwill is a nocturnal bird and enjoys feasting on bugs at night. Luckily, one of our cameras caught this fascinating bird (actually two) in flight hunting for insects under the deck of our cabin. They can fly up to 15 feet off the ground, sweeping insects into their very large mouths. 

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

The whippoorwill has a distinct chirping sound that stands out from any other bird that you might hear in the forest. The chirping is very rhythmic, and sounds as if they are saying their exact name, “whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will.”

Credit: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

58. The Chimney Swallow (Chætura pelasgia) 59. The Whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus) 60. The Nighthhawk (Chordeiles americanus) illustration from Zoology of New York (1842-1844) by James Ellsworth De Kay. Original from The New York Public Library.

In Native American tradition, their is a belief that the cry of the Whippoorwill is a symbol of misfortune or death. The Mohegan Tribe feels different; they believe that the Whippoorwill is the sound of ‘Little People’ who are ‘Nature Spirits’. Read more here. Also, these incredible birds are known as ‘moon birds’ because they lay their eggs with the phases of the moon. Read more here. So, the next time you look up in the sky at night and see the moon, remember the whippoorwill.

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Elderly Bears in the Woods of South Carolina 

Trail Cam Video

Photo by Bill Pennell

There aren’t many articles written about elderly bears or ‘elderly’ wildlife in general. That’s why I am giving homage to these adorable critters. After viewing so many trail cam videos…I feel a close connection to these older forest dwellers.  

The oldest known living bear was a polar bear that lived for 42 years! Black bears (the species that lives here in South Carolina) have reportedly lived as long as 30 years or more. Read more on the ‘9 Oldest Bears of All Time‘. Click here.

I really admire the gentleness and wise expression of this bear on our trail cam. I feel as if  I found a wise teacher that has taught me to slow down and enjoy life.

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Video (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Trail Cam Photo (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

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30 Summer Fun Wildlife Trail Cam Videos

Collage Art (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Chill and relax this summer with 30 wildlife trail cam videos I spliced together into one reel. The bears have been passing by the cabin. Three new cubs were born this year, and ‘Mama Bear’ isn’t shy about showing off her babies! Plus, deer and ravens have been social throughout the summer.

Enjoy the nature sounds and critters!

Lots of Love,
Debra Roinestad

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(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

All Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Hawk Attacks Raven In Mid-Air

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

To my surprise, as I was scrolling through 300 trail cam videos, I came across a hawk swooping down and carrying away a raven as their prey. I was in horror and fascination at the same time, I could not believe that a hawk would be considering a raven as a meal. 😱

During my research, I found articles stating that if a hawk cannot find any small critters then ravens will do as a yummy meal. You can read more here

I applied a slow motion filter to capture the event as well. There is a beauty and a dark side to nature!

More and exciting trail cam videos for this month to be posted soon!

Have a fantastic summer!!

Debra Roinestad

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

24 Ravens & Deer Trail Cam Videos

Throughout history, the raven has been a symbol of prophecy, insight, transformation, and intelligence. Every morning,  I’m awakened by their loud and raspy, “caw-caw”. Our trail cameras captured over 100 videos of ravens! I narrowed down the best videos along with some adorable deer. 

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Here are 24 Ravens and Deer Videos
(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023
All images (c) Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Image in the public domain

25 Cute Bear & Deer Trail Cam Videos

Hey Friends,

Here are 25 cute bear and deer trail cam videos! The weather has been super hot for the past few weeks in South Carolina with daytime highs in the 90s. All the critters have been very active. Early this morning, there was a cub foraging in our backyard. Looks like she found some yummy berries! All the regular bears and deer are returning with newborns. Plus, many of the cubs and fawns that we have seen in past years have become independent and are also making appearances. Luckily, our trail cam captured some of the summer excitement!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

Lots of Love,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
All images (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

18 Cool Wildlife Trail Cam Videos

Hey Friends,

Here is a collection of 18 trail cam videos of deer, coyote, and bears. The critters are enjoying the warm weather. We are finally getting some rain here in South Carolina. There has been a drought in this neck of the woods for the last few weeks. Fortunately, between yesterday and today, we have been gifted 5 inches of rain, with more on the way! Soon the snakes will be appearing on the road to dry out from all this deluge. To read more about the snakes of South Carolina, click here.

Storm clouds over Coldbranch Mountain, Photo by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

As always, enjoy the trail cam videos!

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad