Saturday’s Critters – Hochatown Deer, Snakes and Sasquatch

This past week the family spent some time at Hochatown, Oklahoma near Beavers Bend State Park for a little R&R. Since I am retired we can take a weekend getaway during the middle of the week and avoid the crowds! We are not big on crowds.

We rented a very nice cabin with all sorts of amenities. The best thing was all the deer that came by to visit early in the morning.

Deer are really graceful but very wary. As well they should be.

So we sat still on the porch as they came by.

We went hiking a few days in the park. We found this little armadillo on our first hike. They really are intriguing creatures.

But then we come across this snake that Heather almost stepped on. She thought it was a copperhead which is of course venomous. I kept telling her to get close enough to see the shape of the eyes to make sure. She refused. INaturalist confirmed it was a copperhead. It was laying right on the edge of the trail and refused to move so we just edged around him best we could. It was one of the biggest copperheads I have ever seen.

Later on during a walk around our cabin neighborhood we come across Bigfoot. Neither Heather or Kodi were afraid of him one bit.

Kodi loved our getaway. We didn’t take him on any hikes but we did lots of walks around the cabin and took him to a dog friendly brewery. He had a great time. As did we.

We went kayaking while down there, here is an action shot of Logan. We didn’t see any critters on the water except for birds.

Speaking of birds, have you tried the Merlin app. A free app and you download a bird song library and then you turn it on and it ID’s the birds by their songs. It’s amazing. The only thing is that it doesn’t locate the little buggers for you. So now I’m just taking screen shots of what it is hearing. It is truly amazing.

I’m linking to Saturday’s Critters.

11 thoughts on “Saturday’s Critters – Hochatown Deer, Snakes and Sasquatch

  1. Lavender+Dreams

    I don’t like looking up that close…to see the eyes! I hate snakes but I see one here from time to time. Neat seeing the deer close by. We had them wander through our camp last week too. The same ones…..hehehehe!

  2. Eileen

    Hubby and I enjoy taking our trips during the week too, we try to avoid crowds. Love the deer, they are always a treat to see! I have never seen a live Copperhead, we do have them around here too. I have the merlin App but I have not used the part to id a birds song. Thank you for linking up and sharing your critter post. Take care, have a great day and happy weekend. PS, thanks so much for leaving me a comment.

  3. Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

    How lovely to see the deer!
    I knew that was a copperhead as soon as I saw the photo. We have killed two here at our house this Spring.
    (We live way out in the country at the edge of a forest).
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Barb

    Yikes! I’m glad Heather knows not to listen when you say get closer to the snake! I’m spoiled here at altitude because we don’t have any. (Plenty of other wild things to watchout for though…) Looks like a serene vacation spot.

  5. Alana

    It took me a few seconds to spot the copperhead in your photo. Great camouflage; you have good eyes. I’m glad your sweetie didn’t llsten to your advice! Also happy your Sasquatch sighting was a good one. We have used Merlin for some three years; it is really good. Your screenshot would be similar to our summer birds except our chickadees here are Black Capped. They look so similar to Carolina chickadees.

  6. Ellen

    Looks like a good time. The copperhead is a really beautiful creature, but I would have been freaked out to see it on the trail. I wonder if they have a triangular head like a rattlesnake, that’s how we tell the difference between rattlers and bull snakes. It’s awesome that the deer let you have a glimpse of them. Glad you got away for some R&R.

  7. Yvonne

    I don’t think I would want to look at the eyes of a copperhead. That’s a bit close. Looks like your getaway turned into a relaxing fun time. Nice to have deer so closeby.

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