My husband & I have always seen a lot of wildlife in our backyard. We’ve had bunnies, racoons, deer in the field behind us once, birds of all sorts, chipmunks, squirrels… you name it & we’ve likely had it. This week, however, was really a week for animal watching. It seemed like every day I was pulling my camera & zoom lens out to snap photos of our latest backyard visitors!
Early in the week, I saw the possum. Colin has yet to see the guy as he only seems to come out when I am around. I missed getting his photo but I’m not too sad about that because he is big & fat & ugly. Have you ever come across a possum that was cute? I don’t think so. I’m afraid he may be the culprit who digs up around our shed, but I have yet to catch him in the act!
We have a number of bird feeders throughout our yard & we tend to refer to the birds around here as little piggies! Some weeks, I think they could eat us out of house & home the feeder is emptied so quickly. Cardinals & Blue Jays are regular visitors to the feeders around here, both male & female.And as if our feeders didn’t get enough action, last weekend Colin bought two new finch feeders. Well, since then its been a free for all here! Even the squirrels & a bunny were hanging around underneath the feeders to pick up those seeds tossed out by the birds. The yellow finches with their bright feathers seem so cheery, a sure sign that spring is on its way. I am also looking forward to putting out the oriole & hummingbird feeders!We also have a woodpecker who I hear tapping away on the trees although today I caught him tapping away at the ground. It looks frozen little guy – you had best try somewhere else. One day this week I came home to see a coyote roaming the field behind the house. He was walking up & down the hedge line like there was something in there he was trying to get. Coyote’s are not a usual sighting around here mind you. I think I’ve seen one once before & heard them a few other times. The coyote actually worked to my advantage in the summer. The nephews were coming for the weekend & wanted to camp out in the backyard. Colin wasn’t going to be home & I wasn’t real keen on setting up the tent & sleeping out there with them that particular night on my own. So, I told them I had heard the coyote out behind the house. Well, that was enough to ensure we were sleeping inside!
Our visitor this morning, however, is one we have never had before. I almost missed him in fact because he was blending in with the rock he was sitting on. Our friend this morning was a little owl. Now, Colin would probably correct me when I say “little owl”. He doesn’t think the owl is so small, but what do I know? I am not an owl expert. He looks small to me. And very cute. He has perched himself on a rock outside of our bedroom window & really, I don’t mind him being there. Perhaps he will stop all the other birds from flying into our windows…. which happens on an all too frequent basis! Colin & I were standing at the window looking down at him, me snapping photos & he looked right up at Colin.Our new little buddy has us worried though. We do not often see owls around our property & certainly never this close to our house. He’s been sitting in the same spot now for around 5 hours. He hopped over & positioned himself in the sun, but we’re worried that maybe he’s hurt or something.We have called a wildlife rescue to see how we should proceed. Hopefully the little guy will be alright as he sure is cute!