The woods, at least in front of my camera traps, seemed quieter during the first three months of 2015 than they have been in years. Why? Low temperatures, fairly deep snow, something else not so apparent to a mere human? Perhaps wildlife populations have been rather low or they were in different areas due to food supplies of some disturbance?
In any case, the camera traps did get some interesting photographs of wildlife. A young buck with an antler apparently broken during the rut –
Another young buck still carrying his antlers on March 2nd -
Two gray fox above the yard –
The black bear that was up and about on January 11 –
And the large male bear that visited the yard and prompted us to bring the bird feeders in each night. The scars on his face are undoubtedly the result of mating-season battles –
And the Red fox –
And fisher that one camera trap caught within the space of three days –
Perhaps, in retrospect, things weren’t so quiet after all.