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  Return To Quiet Creek - A Herd of Turkeys & Flock of Cranes
  Peaceful creek. No music. Relax to the sounds of wildlife, wind and water.
  More visitors to the creek this time & not as quiet.
00:42 Red fox.
06:04 Wild Turkey talk. More throughout.
10:50 Red fox after dark with barking.
11:06 Wild Turkey invasion at the creek.
16:13 Sound of a flock of Sandhill Cranes overhead disturbing deer.
16:50 Deer napping.
  This video is a departure from my normally tightly edited wildlife videos. It is slow paced with peaceful interludes and animals acting naturally in and around a Michigan creek.
  I was surprised to see red fox so active in two areas where coyotes were also present. By its playful signals, one coyote seemed to think the glow from the trail camera IR source might be a friend. Always something interesting out there.
  A surprising mix of Michigan Whitetail buck antlers. These were recorded by five trail cameras during October and November, 2021 at four different locations. Some appearances are probably repeats of the same bucks but the variety was interesting.
  This is an example of one young buck and one doe during the Michigan rut and what they did during the day. Dating activity is normally most active after dark. Sort of like humans I guess.
  Wildlife video in a Michigan wetland and creek habitat in the autumn. Fall colors beginning.
  The first time I've recorded a Pileated Woodpecker in the water. A Red-shouldered hawk returned to do a few head-dips.
  It was a crazy summer with so many foxes taking food home to the family! Also coyote, whitetail deer, fawns & bucks, wild turkey, and then MORE fox.
  It had been very dry in June and each thunderstorm would pass us by on the north or on the south. Finally on the 24th we got rain. This is a driveway security camera this time.
  The woods has been a busy place and I'm trying to catch up after a month-long distraction. I've never seen so many fox. If you look closely, you'll frequently see evidence of successful hunts in their mouths on the way back to the den. A couple are identified in the video.
  Before the rains came, the swamp was dry but the birds were there. A wetland on the dry side in Western Michigan. Two cameras on a creek and two recording activity at fallen trees.
  The wood ducks are back, wild turkeys are at the creek and N. America's largest woodpeckers were caught on camera.
  A lot of activity at the long log in the swamp. Whitetail deer, wild turkeys, a "calico coyote", weasel and more with the sounds of nature.
  Strange things happen on this day in the forest.
  Three cameras in 7 minutes. One on Pumpkin Hill, one on the swamp log and another on the west trail. (The vocalizations are at 0:35)
  This was recorded during December of 2020. There was more activity than I anticipated for this time of year. It included the end of the Whitetail rut and the beginning of winter.
  Credit goes to my Youtube subscriber, Betsy for this one. She conducted a study of flying squirrels in the past and was an excellent source of information.
  I almost never put bait out for my videos. I'm primarily interested in natural animal behavior. But what do you do with an old pumpkin, other than letting it turn into mush on the porch?
  A Wildlife Highway. The Long Log in The Swamp


Welcome to the “Robin-Hood” at the creek in Sherwood forest. The water is low this time of year. Perfect for bathing.  


It appeared as if the mom were taking the fawns on a tour of the cameras. She stopped in front of each one and let the fawns sniff. 

A monster raccoon showed up, looking more like a bear than a raccoon.


Just trying a new approach. I get comments on my YouTube channel
(youtube.com/watershedwildlilfe) that the the videos are used for relaxing.

So far this is an all-time favorite episode of mine.


A crazy mix of wildlife in June. A hawk bathing, a barred owl drinking, wood duck chicks jumping a log. raccoons being taught to feed themselves and a cuckoo. What more would you want?


Critters following the hiking trail. A lot of bird calls and a chipmunk stranded by the flood doing a desperate high dive.


White tail deer watching wildlife.


A new species on camera and I wade in to rescue a camera.


Part II of the "bridge" location. A lot of variety. Pileated woodpecker, a muskrat, coyote, wood ducks and others. Camera angle was changed to show more of the creek.


This is the creek with the very active tree trunk "bridge". The wood ducks are back and still dispute the territory.


More of the same creek but with a second view looking upstream. The Barred Owl showed up this time but didn't make a sound. A lot of White tailed deer, raccoons and some bird call identifications.

A way to avoid the news for a little while.


Part I of March 2020, Everything that happened at the bend of the creek. The snow leaves, turkeys arrive and the deer look unkempt.


A 65 degree camera reading when the outdoor temperature was 27 F was a surprise. I had never seen this effect to such degree before. What happened is shown plus other critter activities.


The usual cast of characters show up in August plus the recently absent mink and a parade of possums. I added background music and am looking for a comments regarding whether I should keep doing it or just leave it natural.


A fox was recorded chasing deer, a fawn making odd happy sounds while it was nursing and a frantic fox chased mice around the creek.


In June we watch the "bridge" over a creek, a fawn nursing at night and a couple of unfortunate antler designs. There are a couple of great Bard owl calls at 1:55...


We stayed at the creek during May because of all the activity there this time of year.

Two questions were answered: How does a Porcupine cross water? &...  How loud IS a raccoon squabble?


The activity varies by the month. This month it was back to the creek where things were happening. Fox sightings (the crippled vixen seems to be getting around) and the usual deer and raccoons. A lot of squirrels were left on the cutting room floor. A 16 GB SD card was filled by them within a week on two occasions. (Where are the fox when you need them?) The Wood ducks were very active in the creek with a few squabbles. They are gorgeous.


February was a slow month on camera. I guess the wildlife was as reluctant to go outside as I was. Fortunately March was much better. Another first timer species on camera. You'll see it in the creek. The crippled Vixen is still getting by. She may even be picking up speed. Also some interesting sounds occasionally in the background. Some close-ups of Wood Ducks in the creek.


One new species on camera this month and some interesting animal behavior. The second half of January brought some very low temperatures. One clip that wasn’t included registered a -15F. With the wind it must have been hard on the critters.


December 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. Most activity after dark. A new species on my list with a fabulous tail and an embarrassed raccoon.

November 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. It was a busy month  in the woods! Bucks chasing doe all night.

A sad ending to this one.


It was the usual cast of characters in October. The only surprise was the creature that appeared around midnight on the last day of the month. Didn't get an ID.

September 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. Left the creek behind and went to high ground in the woods. A sleeping whitetail doe and fun with opossums.

August 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. A Michigan creek.Water attracts wildlife. A short documentary of a busy little Michigan stream showing the diversity it supports.

July 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. A Twerking Hawk & bathing birds. A busy creek for critters.

June 2018 Trail Camera Highlights. Browning Extreme & Adventuridge Trail Cameras.

2016 Highlights From The Trail Cameras