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Old Nov 21, 2015, 6:45 PM   #1
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Default Autumn "Critters"

It's been a long time since I had time to "stop by" and share some East Tennessee snapshots. (Autumn's a busy time in the State Parks!) So here are a few random small wildlife shots from the past month or so.

We won't be seeing the Groundhogs "out and about" much longer. Most have already gone to their dens for the winter. This young one was still out and eating.
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Old Nov 21, 2015, 6:46 PM   #2
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Best way I've found to get a close look at a groundhog (also called woodchuck and "whistle pig") is to walk slowly, speak gently, and stop moving every time he looks up.
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Just don't try to get too close - they do pack a pretty good bite!
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Golden Garden Spiders are also getting pretty scarce lately, but the egg sacs are getting pretty common! Here's one "late bloomer" who was waiting patiently for a last good insect meal.
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We see fewer Cormorants here as winter approaches. This pair was enjoying some late-season sunshine!
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Bluejays are common here year-round. But autumn is the only time they can enjoy all the ripe acorns.
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Still have not gotten a decent photo of a Pileated Woodpecker. They're too shy for this (impatient) photographer! But some hikers scared this one towards me, and gave me time for a quick snapshot of bird (and bird tongue)…
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Many of the Robins from our northern states winter here in Tennessee. Here are a few "recent arrivals" at a roadside puddle…
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This Flicker was also taking advantage of the rain water bath!
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Belted Kingfishers and GB Herons don't need to wait for a good rain - the home park's lake is always available.
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