Last night we watched a show about raccoons living in cities and how destructive they can be so I was kinda halfway thinking about wild life when I went to bed. We have lots of wild life around here, some of it we don’t often see but we know is out there. Every now and then I walk around outside and I wonder how many eyes see me that I don’t know are watching me. And I’m not talking about the folks at NSA! 🙁
We’ve seen a mountain lion and others in the area have reported seeing them too. I haven’t seen a skunk but I’ve smelled them and I know they’ve been real close. We have roadrunners that we see almost every day. They were so busy during the peak of grasshopper season. One built a nest in a tree right by the house but I’m not sure she spent enough time on the nest for anything to hatch. We haven’t seen armadillos but we’ve seen areas where they’ve been digging. We’ve seen several foxes. There are turkeys and deer that we see pretty often. There are too many coyotes. We don’t see them often but we hear them. One night we were sitting out with the neighbors and all of a sudden, we heard a massive chorus of coyotes wailing. It’s a blood curdling sound! The neighbor said they had probably caught something and they were doing what they do when they make a kill. They sounded so close! I said “We have to get out of here!” (as we were sitting on their back porch about 2 feet from the door) but the neighbor assured me they were not leaving whatever they had just killed and had no interest in eating us!
We see lots of cottontails and jack rabbits.
During the night last night, I was awakened by a scream right outside the bedroom window. It takes a lot to wake me up. I sat straight up in bed, my heart was pounding. My first thought was there was someone out there and they were coming in. Then I figured a burglar probably isn’t going to stand outside your bedroom window and scream before he sneaks into the house.
The sound I heard wasn’t cats so I’m thinking it was a rabbit. I fully expected to walk outside this morning and find rabbit fur everywhere but, there are no signs of trouble.
There are critters in a lot of cities these days but there’s something calming about seeing or hearing the wildlife in the woods (except the coyotes) and knowing they’re where they’re supposed to be. Even when they’re obnoxious and destructive here, I’m always aware that I moved into their territory and I will find a way to live in peace with them, for the most part. Foxes after my chickens may not find me to be so peaceful!
I’m glad I’ve lived life in town, though never in a huge city, and I’m especially glad that we’re living in the country at this time in our life.