With a good portion of the leaves now down and a chilly nip in the air, wildlife activity is picking up here in South Central Pennsylvania. Bucks are beginning to become more active as the rut nears. This young buck paused momentarily from sparring with a round hay bale when I clicked this shot.
Although nearly half the size of their mothers, fawns continue to nurse. Nursing sessions now last only a few seconds. If a fawn begins to nurse you had better shoot fast if you wish to capture a phtograph for it will be over in 10-15 seconds.
The does will soon wean the fawns. While nursing at the beginning of November is common I have never observed fawns nursing from Thanksgiving week on.
Squirrels are very active now feeding and hoarding nuts for winter.
We have two varieties of squirrel living in my home area, the fox squirrel pictured here and the gray squirrel pictured below. In years past it was not uncommon to spot the occasional red squirrel however for whatever reason the red squirrels have disappeared from the area.
Gray squirrels are our most common squirrel and account for probably 75% of my squirrel sightings.
While not as noisy now as during the nesting season, the red-bellied woodpeckers are easily spotted as visibility improves in the woodland with the summer's leaves drifting to the ground. Year-around residents, the red-bellied woodpeckers can be counted on to provide a bright spot of color in the outdoors no matter the season.