Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Our Neighbors


We have a fair number of neighbors – some are humans, some aren’t. The humans are a mix: of women and men, of children and senior citizens, of a multitude of religions – or none, of folks who have lived in their houses for over 40 years, of others who arrived last year.

But this post isn’t about our human neighbors, it’s about our non-human neighbors whose ancestors have lived in the area since long before the first houses were built. If you’re a regular visitor to In Forest and Field you’ve already seen photos of some of the birds – as in this post.

Today’s post is about other of our wild neighbors, those mammals that frequent the hill above the house and occasionally (sometimes frequently) venture into our yard, where we’ve planted trees and shrubs and the grass is mowed. The mammals were captured by camera traps that take videos; some of our mammal neighbors are caught multiple times a day (think chipmunks, cottontail rabbits and gray squirrels), others appear several times a week (deer), others less frequently.

Here are the best of the videos, from just one month this year –


We don’t feed the bears or deer, so they’re either eating natural foods or just passing through on their way somewhere else. 

Perhaps you noticed that, beginning at 2:42 of the video, the deer mouthed the stem and leaves of a plant but didn't eat either, unlike the jewelweed that it is readily eating in the video. The uneaten plant is dogbane which is poisonous to most mammals deer will not eat any portion of the plant.

The interaction between the rabbit and the crow was interesting: crows line their nests with hair, was it trying to pluck hair from the rabbit, or hoping to find some newborn cottontails to eat, or just having a little fun – crows are among the most intelligent of birds.

5 comments:

Marcia said...

Those are sizable bears passing through your yard. Thanks for sharing.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice videos!

eileeninmd said...

Great videos, love all the critters. The bear, deer with fawn and the bunny with the crow are my favorites. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

You have a real variety of animals around you! The video is beautiful!
Thanks for showing, I was very happy!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My goodness that's a BIG bear! I'm glad you labeled these. I wouldn't know what a Fisher was! Funny about the crow and the deer was gorgeous! When it stopped...I marveled! AND THEN! The fawn ran by. Perfection! Thanks for sharing! I hope I don't see a bear when I'm hiking! We've had 2 sightings lately on the trails I hike. Happy weekend!