Here's a thread to share your backyard wildlife stories!!! Animals can be very unpredictable and comical, and we would love to hear about your experiences!!!
It's a jungle in my backyard
Well, this wasn't "me" exactly, but my wife (I mentioned her aversion to Opposums before) had a box out on the back porch to give the local stray kitty a warm place to stay at night (landlord forbids pets inside). One night she went out to put a little food out and a little white face peered up at her....I heard her scream from 5 rooms away through 2 closed doors . The poor things was more afraid of her then she was of it. Later that night. I found him a much nicer box down by the storage garage, so my wife wouldn't wake the neighbors again
He was just a darling little guy, but not a baby. Maybe a yearling.
I had only been living here for a month or so when one night something awakened me.. I looked around and the fur companions on the bed with me, one dog, Raphael - our protector, at least two kitties... were looking kinda silly, smiling, wagging tails. I then looked down at the floor where they were smiling at.. and saw a long tail sticking out from under the dresser.. hmmmm.....
getting out of bed, I look under there to see a young possum looking back at me... well, oh well.. what can you expect when you've taken care of so many of their brethren.. and leave a kitchen window open at night that has a plank going from deck to that window.
so, I went back to sleep,, later was again awakened this time the bed animals were smiling so big - rolling their eyes over towards me and back - enjoying this scene.. I look over to where the noise is coming from and see the little possum had climbed up and was sitting on the dresser and -was trying on jewelry!
so I guess we had a she-possum.. She was sitting right in the middle of my jewelry box.. looking at herself in the mirror and fishing through the jewelry..
again.. after watching her awhile, went back to sleep.. hey! gotta sometimes let these things work themselves out.. the next morning, she had made her way back to the outside and I would have never known anything about her visit but for having been awakened by my gleeful bed pals. Made me wonder how often this had happened before !!!
Oh Debbie...I just about fell off my chair reading that! I can't imagine being that calm. "Oh, well, there's a possum trying on jewelry over there on my dresser...yawn...I'll just go back to sleep."!!!!
The imagine still strikes me as so funny that I can hardly type.
I think my dog Briar (picture giant Newfoundland dog) would be terrified and my cat Hamish would probably be doing his best imitation of a fur hat on top of Briar's head!
For myself, this morning was like watching a tennis match out on my patio.
First scooting by me went one of the resident squirrels, we'll call him "Streak" (both for his actions and a white streak of fur), closely followed by one of my neighbors cats...Phinneas, who paused briefly to give me a greeting.
The chase resumed and I went back to my coffee. Back comes Streak, taking his time to make sure that Phinneas hasn't fallen too far behind. I raise my coffee mug in salute.
Once again, back from the other direction comes ole Streak. Well, by this point I was getting a crick in my watching them race back and forth across my patio.
Finally someone gave up and I was graciously allowed to finish my coffee to the loud "cawing" of the local raven society. *grumble grumble*
Ooooh, and I finally got a good look at our cardinal pair. I've seen them fluttering around but they finally perched for a while in our spruce tree long enough for me to drink in their beautiful color. All and all, it was a good morning!
Where I live in Bermuda, they say that Spring arrives with the first Longtails (Tropicbird) and I saw at least 5 of them this morning on my way in to work this morning, they really are beautiful birds. I guess that means spring is here - yippee!