I thought I’d start using Friday blogs to share what I’m working on, or what’s going on around here, or what caught my eye this week – things like that. This first edition is about what’s going on around here. The answer is, bears, turkeys and raccoons.
A couple of weekends ago, I happened to look out our back window and there was a bear shaking our bird feeders as if his life depended on it. A bear. I have never seen a bear in our yard. After emptying the bird feeders (and please note the birdseed on his head), he ambled off to sniff the grill (nothing there). I opened the door to tell him he was cute (because of course I did) and he took off running to the back of the yard. He was captured by the authorities two days later and relocated to a safe place (after he had eaten someone’s chickens a few blocks over.) He was so cute, but I’m glad he has been taken back to his own environment.
The other wildlife we have in our yard is turkeys. This is the third or fourth summer that we’ve had Mom and Dad Turkey wandering through the yard every few days. They disappeared when the bear was around and I was worried that he might have helped himself to a couple of turkey dinners, too. But the good news is – the mom wandered through the yard today with her seven babies. 🙂 Here’s the picture of her and the little turkey nuggets:
Here’s the magnificent dad:
Here’s a picture from a couple of summers ago when the parents and a few of the (much bigger) babies were lounging on our deck.
They’re funny birds. They gobble at any noise they don’t like. When the air conditioning unit turns on, when the lawnmower starts up, when there is thunder, etc.
We also have raccoons that come to visit. The latest (last week) was a momma and her four little babies. They only come at night, so it’s hard to get a good picture of them. Here’s the best I could do. They were eating birdseed that we had put outside the door. (We put the birdseed there to attract birds and squirrels, to give our cats something to watch during the day. They’re all very spoiled. Cats, birds, squirrels and raccoons!)
Anyway – there is always something fun out there. Do you ever see any wildlife in your back yard?
In other news, I finished up my July Camp Loopy project, have planned my August one, and have started an interim project to tide me over. Will share all of that next week. Have a great weekend!