This beautiful scene of a flock of birds flying away is not only sublime but also a little eerie. It could almost be an opening scene for a horror movie. If we’re correct, it looks like this could be a plague of grackles. Yes, a group of grackles is called a plague!
There are several species of grackles, but the most common in North America is the common grackle. While grackles are sometimes considered to be pests due to their habit of raiding agricultural fields, they are also important members of many ecosystems, serving as seed dispersers and cleaning out the woods of acorns.
Some Salt Licks
At first, we couldn't tell what was happening in this photo. It first seemed that these dudes were chewing on the bark of this tree, but upon further inspection, we see that it's actually a salt lick. Salt licks are set out for animals to supplement their diet with necessary minerals, particularly sodium, which is important for maintaining proper bodily functions.
In the wild, animals may not have access to enough natural sources of salt, particularly in areas where the soil is low in minerals. Providing a salt lick can help animals maintain their health and well-being, especially during times when food is scarce. Salt licks are commonly used to attract and manage wildlife for observation purposes.
Young and Free
This young moose was checking out this cabin in the middle of the woods. Moose typically stay with their mother for the first year of their life, until the next calving season. During this time, the mother teaches her offspring how to find food and avoid predators, and the young moose gradually becomes more independent.
By the time a young moose is about one year old, it should be weaned from its mother and able to survive on its own. This is when it will leave its mother's side and disperse into the surrounding area to find its own territory and establish itself as an independent individual.
Caught in the Lights
This buck looks exactly like a deer caught in headlights, except he's caught on a trail cam. When a deer is caught in headlights, it typically stands motionless, its body tensed and its ears pointed forward, as it tries to assess the situation and determine whether to flee or stay put.
Typically, the eyes will appear wide and alert, reflecting the light from the headlights, and its body may be slightly crouched or ready to bolt as we can see in this photo. This is a common behavior among deer and is caused by the bright light temporarily blinding the animal and confusing its senses.
Here we have an adorable photo featuring a deer that's been captured mid-spring! It almost looks like it's posing for the camera, like a ballerina, proud to display its athleticism. Deer are adapted for running and jumping over uneven terrain, and their movements are often quick and agile, as they navigate through forests and fields.
Deer can also be graceful in their movements, particularly when running or leaping. Ballerinas are also known for their grace and fluidity, as they move across the stage with precision and elegance. Is it any wonder that we're comparing deer to ballerinas? They're basically a group of ballet dancers navigating their way through the forest.