Critters, Critters and More Critters!
I live in a fairly busy neighborhood -- lots of traffic, folks walking up and down the street. But that doesn’t intimidate the wildlife from trying to maintain their foothold in the neighborhood. After all, they were there long before we started building roads and houses. It’s fairly common to see several deer bedding down for the night across the street. It is never a surprise, but always a delight, to pull into my driveway to find a deer feeding from the apple tree in my front yard. She looks at me as if to say, “What are you doing here?” Well, I live here. There is also the occasional rabbit or chipmunk, but recently, I’ve had some new faces in my yard. Imagine the surprise and excitement my visiting grandchildren experienced when they looked out grandma’s window and saw a possum! Not the prettiest animal God created. After much squealing and investigation, we discovered there were two possum eating the apples from my tree!
Later in the evening, the kids were inspecting the front yard again for activity when they noticed the branches of the apple tree shaking violently. Upon closer examination, they discovered a raccoon up in the tree shaking apples to the ground! Hearing the thump on apples on the ground is a distinct calling card for the deer. Before long, there was a deer in the yard eating the apples the raccoon was shaking from the tree! Of course, I had to explain to the 5-year-old that possums and raccoons are not to be touched. They can carry rabies and other diseases. But what a busy display of nature to conveniently observe from my front window. Needless to say, the apple tree is nearly bear now, but not before feeding a wide variety of foragers. I know animals can be pretty destructive to our flowers and gardens, but it is fun to sit on your couch and watch all manner of wildlife parade by the window. Pretty fun stuff!