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5/29/17

I grew up country, in as much as my surroundings were defined by woods and fields rather than sidewalks and shopping malls. Yet it took a move to the suburbs before I discovered the Bambiverse.

The Bambiverse (as depicted on the left) is a place absolutely packed full of woodland creatures. As a kid I never saw them, although cousin Donnie tells me that everytime he visited he left with a frog or a snake in his pocket. I must have been too noisy, and scared them off, or else I was simply oblivious. I remember seeing groundhogs...

Now that I live surrounded by busy highways, shopping centers, and professional offices, I find there's a Bambiverse right outside my back door! Here are some photos taken during a 15 minute period on a typical day.

rabbit01

squirrel01

squirrel02

squirrel03

rabbit and squirrel

fish01

squirrel05

squirrel04

catbird

rabbit02

chickadee01

cardinal01

squirrel09

squirrel08

rabbit03

squirrel10


Squirrels are plentiful. There are currently a couple of litters of juvies chasing each other around. Sometimes it's more about the rabbits, but they are out much earlier in the morning.

During this photoshoot I saw, but failed to get photos of, the following critters:

mouse02

wren01

crow01


hawk01

The hawk might explain the relative dearth of birds around the feeder at the time. Usually there are gangs of chickadees and wrens, mourning doves, and many unidentified (by me, anyway) birds. On the lawn, always robins, and turkey buzzards overhead.

Possums are nightly visitors. I leave a stick propped up in the open window well so that the little possums that tumble in there can climb back out again. I've managed to keep the groundhogs and skunks away, mainly by putting wire mesh barriers around anything they could burrow under, but the chipmonks can stick around. Yippie!

chipmonks

There are deer, but they are shy. There was a track of hoof prints this spring...

hoofprint

...passing through the yard on the way to more deer-friendly areas.

bambi

There may be racoons at night, but hopefully they don't go fishing, like the Blue Herons that sometimes visit...

heron01


...which is the reason for the netting over the pond. Not for the convience of thirsty rabbits...

water walker

GIT!