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.
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.” – Serendipity
Always know that you are dearly loved and cherished.
Thank you for visiting my blog. Enjoy the trail cam videos.
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 ‘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.
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.
A family of raccoons live in the back of the woods behind the cabin. Raccoons are extremely intelligent and resilient in the wild. The raccoons have been active since the black bears began their hibernation phase for the winter. Raccoons need to stay safe from bears because they eat raccoons. To read more click here.
Here are a variety of trail cams of the raccoons. Enjoy the trail cam videos!