Wild Animals Galore by Skeeter
The Saint and I live in what is considered the Country. We are surrounded by woods and are blessed with wild animals galore! We enjoy observing the many critter visitors we have trot, fly, slither, crawl, hop, etc through the yard from the serenity of our sunroom windows. I have documented 54 different types of birds in our yard by observation through those 9 windows! The sunroom remains my favorite room in the house for its many hours of free entertainment!
Some people say that you should not feed wild animals for it will unbalance nature. But I find it hard not to assist in their meals. We regularly feed the birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer and butterflies amongst other critters.
We have not seen wild Turkey in our yard as of yet but my parents recently snapped the above picture of wild turkey eating under their bird feeders while a young Buck was nibbling nearby corn! (If you click on the picture, it will enlarge it for a better view) I find it interesting how different types of animals can eat together in harmony with one another and we do learn a lot of information by pure observation.
Our neighbor’s chickens use to get out of their yard and find their way to the corn piles we put out for the deer and squirrels. We enjoyed watching them peck around the yard. The chickens disappeared one by one. I like to think they went through the woods to the farm type land behind us and took up residence there as our neighbors did not care for them properly. They were given to their kids as tiny chicks as an Easter gift by some of their friends. I think only a person with an agriculture type license should be able to purchase baby chickens and ducks! That will be a good topic to chat about come Easter time...
We use to feed the foxes and one of my fondest memories of the foxes is when three showed up to eat at the same time the deer were nibbling on corn! We had to stop feeding the fox for reasons I will explain on a future Posting.
I cannot begin to explain the feelings of excitement when discovering a new animal in the yard. One morning I had to drag the Saint out of bed to see the Bob White Quail family. There were three little chicks with both mommy and daddy! We were both glad I woke him up as we never saw that adorable little family again.
The wild animals in the yard don’t seem to have much fear of us. I don’t know if that is due to us not having a fear of them or the fact that we spend a lot of time in the yard and they are use to us being around them. We do respect them and usually leave them alone. But we could not resist taking a picture of the above Raccoon with the Saint standing nearby to prove their lack of fear! One time a Doe, Buck and two fawns, that’s right, an entire deer family came into the yard to eat corn as we sat at the patio table and watched them! They are that tame with us.
A couple of weeks ago a mother Doe was allowing her two adorable spotted baby fawns to nurse from her while in the yard! I say allow as she is weaning them and kicks them away most of the time. We have also seen a Doe and Buck mating in our yard! Now that was interesting to say the least. Looking out our sunroom windows is like watching a National Geographic Special about Animals on a very large screen TV!
We fear our exciting days of abundant wild life may be numbered. A new high school and 5 new housing developments are starting to be erected nearby thus taking away many acres of woods and once farm lands. I worry about what happened to all the animals which relied on those woods and land as their food source and shelter. The Saint laughs and says, they will all be in our yard soon! I guess as long as we can afford to feed them and we can all get along in harmony, they are welcome!
posted by Skeeter at 9/14/2007 12:28:00 PM