Since no dogs live here, watching wildlife is a fun pastime. Wildlife can be a problem, but seeing it is still a treat.
Raccoons and opossums generally come after dark. When they become a nuisance, the livetrap is set out and we see them in the trap before taking them elsewhere.
Ground squirrels seem to be everywhere lately. These are belligerent characters when challenged. Mostly they are a blur crossing the road with their tails held straight up.
Watching wildlife on the road is important. Many dither or panic as the vehicle comes up. Snakes and turtles tend to stay put and need persuasion to get off the road.
The local coyotes have given us some special opportunities for watching wildlife. The coyotes tend to stay back on the hills and in the ravines away from the pastures and buildings making the areas safer.
Deer bed their fawns down in the tall grass in the pastures. One was next to the pasture gate and discovered when the goats went traipsing out.
Coyotes kill foxes making them rather rare in the area. One pair has moved by the house to raise their four kits.
This is the second year this pair has been here. Last year half of my hens disappeared. I am more careful this year and keep them up most of the time.
The fox family is very shy. Any hint we are around sends them into the brush. Luckily the house has lots of windows.
The male fox sometimes curls up out in the back yard. His favorite spot is a ways out from the bathroom window making taking pictures easy. He does know I’m there, but doesn’t find me a threat as I am in the house.
One day the kits were out in the same area. Mother fox let them play a few minutes before leading them off across the yard and into the woods.
Watching wildlife is fascinating. It is also a matter or luck: being in the right place at the right time, camera in hand.