The safe and serene environment of Long Hunter State Park
provides a relaxing home for wildlife. No matter the season, the various animals that call the park home seem to be relaxed and at peace with the each other and those that visit the park.
During a December morning hike, you can find squirrels playing a spirited game of chase along the ground and through the trees. Even the fittest of squirrels need to take a breather now and then however.
A variety of other animals call the park and Couchville Lake
home. Snapping turtles and various types of aquatic basking turtles are commonly seen around the lake, even during the winter months.
It is not unusual to find a variety birds at the park. Cranes and geese are a common sights, as well as a variety of wild ducks, including wood ducks and mallards.
Turkey sightings are also plentiful around the lake. However, they appeared to be sleeping in this particular December morning, still tucked into their warm nests.
The deer were slightly more active. Due to the popularity of the park, the deer are accustomed to hikers and are relatively content to pose for pictures. Mother deer and babies are a bit more skittish, but you can still get within a few feet of them most of the time. The bucks typically appear to be the most relaxed, perhaps confident in their ability to ward off any threats.
Nashville and many parts of Middle Tennessee are full of wonderful wetlands and parks. Regardless of the time of year, you are almost always sure to find some sort of wildlife willing to pose for even the most avid shutterbug.