'2007' - Wildlife encounters in an urban garden
A camera is often not to hand when nature calls.
1.In late winter a rabbits nest is certain to be found somewhere in our garden. Last year a young grandson found a nest and came running to tell us about his find. He had removed several babies and placed them on a lounge chair. He was so disappointed that we had to replace the little bunnies when he really, really wanted to keep them.
2.On another occassion late one summer night our daughter came in the back door all upset. She had stepped on what she believed was a frog as she entered the back gate. Concerned the creature was injured we all found ourselves on the ground flashlights in hand searching. He was spotted in the Hobbit garden but then disappeared. We have not seen him since.
3. On one foggy fall day a hawk not only captured prey (a mourning dove), but fed while perching on a log that lines the path through the woodland edge garden. The pictures I took through the doorway were not clear enough to show but I keep them anyway.
Many times I find myself holding still, not moving for long sessions so as not to disturb some feeding or bathing bird. But the robins keep me most amused.
4.(May - today a family of Robins took over the backyard. Two adults taking turns watching three fledglings learn to feed themself and grow into independent juveniles. Two of the young robins wandered about often disappearing but staying within calling distance, pecking at insects and hiding beneath shrubs and between plants.Only one refused to leave moms side( or maybe dads I can't really tell them apart) . It followed her closely everywhere she went, cheeping continously with mouth open wide. The harried parent dutifully fed the little guy seemingly understanding a slower developement and a touch of separation anxiety.)
Red Admirals irruption year abundance
So if it you have time and are so inclined join in and post your wildlife encounters from 2007. Then let us know