Creatures big and small

In Wildlife by Patrick

Walking through the woods is by far one of my favorite things to do, especially in the fall. Looking for the color changes is of course the main objective, but if you just stop, look and listen you will be amazed at what might show up and what you will see.

While walking, taking care to watch our steps, this beautiful little caterpillar was just walking along the trail. Looks can be deceiving though. This is a White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar. It has hairs with barbs that can stick into your skin and its back contains rash-giving venom. Doing some homework of species prior to going out is very helpful.

Given that we are moving into the winter months and closer to Thanksgiving, I was really surprised to get such a close up shot of this wild turkey. Toms are usually much more evasive and shy, but this guy did not have any issues with me and just trotted on by.

My favorite little critter can be seen scurrying about the forest floor and is always ready for a quick photo op if you do some planning and are ready on the shutter. Eastern chipmunks abound while walking through forests and you just need to be patient and look. They are as curious about you as you are about them.

Never one to pass up a good meal of seeds and nuts that they find on the forest floor, they fill there cheek pouch as full as they can get and scurry back to there den.

All these critters were seen in one day and make the walks in the forest oh so special. Cannot wait to go back.

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