Imagine my amazement at stumbling upon a rare melanistic chipmunk! Black squirrels? Sure. But black chipmunks?! Who knew?!? Hope you love this fascinating rodent as much as I did.
The previous Honey Slopes video, "This explains that mysterious dirt mound," covered through July 27, 2020. Here are the goings-on from July 29-August 6, 2020. (That's 9 days.) In case you were ever curious what those groundhogs (AKA woodchucks) and their neighbors do all day...
I tried quite a few trees on the swamp side of the Acres, to little avail... until I finally found this spot! Watch to learn just who makes the little paths through the grass and into the reedy expanse beyond. It might not be who you think. All the good footage is from August 15-20, 2020. (The bonus footage at the end is from July 4, 2020.)
P.S. Birds are cool and all, but those first few clips just weren't what I'd been hoping for.
I have seen many types of animals in the Acres that have yet to make an appearance on my trail cameras: owls, fishers (commonly but incorrectly referred to as "fishercats"), muskrats, foxes, turtles, and northern watersnakes, to name a few. There is always that hope. But here is a great little critter I was not expecting, and have never seen in the wild! Watch to see how I verify what it is.
Here are the Orchard visitors from July 25-28, 2020. Mostly it's the doe and one of the porcupines taking turns, with the buck and a hummingbird popping in as well. Why shouldn't they? This place has enough delicious snacks for everyone!
Oops... did I say "one of" the porcupines????? ...Stay tuned!
Take a look into the heart of the Acres, at Birch Grave Pond! See the creatures who come here, and find out what they're up to.
(Aside from this footage captured during the first 2 weeks of July 2020, there were 200+ videos of the plants swaying in the breeze. Fortunately when I found out, I'd already moved this trail camera elsewhere on a hunch.)
Here are my first videos captured on Lumberjack Bridge, which is located up in the "Oakish Highlands" region of the Acres. Footage is from 2 days in late June 2020. (I was too curious to leave it alone for longer than 2 days.) As you can see, this spot looks like it's going to be excellent for viewing all sorts of wildlife!
I stuck this trail camera in Hazelnut Orchard on July 21, 2020 and checked it 3 days later. I hit the jackpot! Apparently so did the buck.
The orchard is located in the North End region of the acres. Needless to say, the camera is still on that tree now. Enjoy all this awesome footage from its first few days!