Fascinating Bears & Other Wildlife of South Carolina Video

Bear art wildlife painting. Image In the public domain.

Hello friends,

There have been so many bears in the woods this Spring season! During my late afternoon walk, I heard loud and heavy footsteps. I quickly turned around and saw a large bear peeking through the trees across from me. The bear was frightened and so was I.
I quickly turned and retreated into the cabin. One of the many exciting adventures of living in the woods!

A few days ago, I encountered a large black rat snake on my front porch. Luckily, our trail camera captured many of these fascinating critters.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Videos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

β€”Frank Lloyd Wright

The three bears. Original in the public domain.

Barn Owl, Tyto alba (1596-1610) by Anselmus BoΓ«tius de Boodt. Original from the Rijks museum.

Adorable Black Bears Searching For Grubs and Grazing (Videos)

A young black bear searches for food on a talus slope. Image in the public domain image.

When you think of black bears, you may not consider that part of their daily routine is grazing! But, according to the National Park Service, black bears graze on a variety of grasses. Black bears also search for grubs and will use their claws to dig in the ground for these tasty treats. They also climb trees in their search for food. Read more here. They are excellent at identifying edible yummies and can smell food up to 20 miles away!

As summer winds down, black bears will soon go into hyperphagia mode. Hyperphagia is a period when black bears have an intense and persistent sensation of hunger. They gain enormous amounts of fat to help them get through the winter.
See my previous post on the bears entering hyperphagia phase, ‘Black Bear Steals Bucket From My Front Porch’. Click here.

Enjoy the trail cam videos!

Lots of Love,
Debra Roinestad

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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Elderly Bears in the Woods of South CarolinaΒ 

Trail Cam Video

Photo by Bill Pennell

There aren’t many articles written about elderly bears or β€˜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

β€œNothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

β€”Ralph W. Sockman

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

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

Spring Wildlife on Trail Cam

Photo by Pete Nuij

Hey Everyone! 

April is an exciting time to see wildlife in the woods. All the animals are active this month. Black bears are emerging from their dens and showing up around the neighborhood. I spotted a black bear and her cubs a few miles from my home and captured a short video. 

Read more about the black bears here

Plus, the coyotes are roaming around at night, and the raccoons are busy socailizing and searching for food.

As always, enjoy the trail cam videos!

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

Ravishing Ravens on Trail Cam

I am raving about ravens. The weather is great now for raven watching. According to wildlife experts, many have admired the ravens’s intelligence and confidence as they strut around. Ravens are not usually as social like crows, but sometimes they hang around in pairs. 

Read more here about ravens.

Our trail cam captured 174 raven videos! I narrowed down the trail cam videos and picked out the most enjoyable footage.

To view past trail cam videos of ravens click here. And here.

Wishing everyone a lovely spring.

All the best!

Debra Roinestad

Raven / Kaufmann & Strauss N.Y.
Raven in winter (1802 – 1890) vintage Ukiyo-e style by Ikeda Koson. Original public domain image from the Library of Congress.

Winter Wildlife On Trail Cam

Wildlife Collage by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Snow and Ice on Table Rock Mountain. Photo by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Although it is still winter in South Carolina, wildlife senses the vibration of spring. Daffodils are starting to bloom. We are getting hints of spring fluctuating back to winter. Plus, Table Rock mountain has ice or snow on the peak.

Daffodils. Photo by Debra Roinestad,
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

When the weather gets cold, the wildlife migrates closer to homes in search of food or shelter. Wildlife that might be encountered closer to home include squirrels, brown bats, opossums, and raccoons. 

Here is a compilation of wildlife from the trail cam videos I spliced together.

Lots of Love,

Debra Roinestad

Love Is In The Air: Raccoon & Deer Trail Cam

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Photo Collage by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Romance: Deer In Love (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Hello Friends,

Ah…yes, love! It makes the world go round, your heart flutters, and you begin to feel butterflies inside your belly. Animals deeply feel love and empathy for each other.  Visit the science of love by Dr. Anna Machin click here.

Love is definitely in the air…which you will see on the trail cam videos. Raccoons and deer are hanging out harmoniously, and two deer are kissing with endearment.

β€œIt’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.” β€“ Serendipity

Always know that you are dearly loved and cherished. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Enjoy the trail cam videos.

Happy Valentines Day! ❀️


Debra Roinestad

Cupid, Image in the public domain.

Aesthetic cute teddy bear print. Image in the public domain.
Red rose, Prince Camille De Rohan illustration, vintage flower lithograph.

7 Super Cute ‘Unicorn’ DeerΒ on Trail Cam

Photo Collage by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Hi Friends,

After viewing 198 trail cam videos, I collected the best to share. As of now, there has been a deer family hanging out in the back of the woods. You will notice that there is a deer on the trail cam that has one horn. I  believe that is how the unicorn myth got started.

I have been checking the web and found out that β€˜unicorn’ deer are rare in the wild and that they are called piebald fawns, a form of a genetic mutation. Here is a news segment about these adorable deer, click here.

Piebald Fawn (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Also, on the trail cam video one deer has a slight eye condition. One of the eyes is smaller than the other…I believe that is also a genetic mutation.

Plus, I recently learned that deer can smell humans about 1/4 mile away! They have 297 olfactory receptors (nerve cells inside the nose) that make their sense of smell extra sensitive. 

Enjoy the trail cam videos!

Lots of Love,

Debra Roinestad

Giorgione’s Woman with Unicorn (1510) famous painting. Original from the Rijksmuseum.

Unicorn Tapestry from The Story Of The Unicorn, (1500)-The MET Museum, Image in the public domain.

Click here to read more about The Story Of The Unicorn.