Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mutual of Omaha presents. . .

. . . our backyard.  ☺   (That's a seventies tv reference for those of you old enough to remember it.)  It's been a hotbed of wildlife activity around here since spring.  Here are a few of our sightings, and some pictures, such as they are.
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You guessed it.
We have a hawk's nest in the woods directly behind our house and have had fun watching the three youngsters grow stronger (and louder).  Needless to say, we haven't seen that many squirrels and chipmunks hanging around, or at least not for long. . .
We think this is Mama, keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings.
Wild turkeys seem to be overtaking this area of Massachusetts, and we have one that enjoys a shady corner of our backyard.  She can be seen hanging out there from time to time before turkey-stepping back into the woods.

"Our" robin was back several weeks ago, using last year's nest in our holly bush by our front walk.  This location made it easy for the kids to peek carefully at the nest every couple of days or so.  That blue of the eggs is my favorite color.  And it was such a treat to watch the mother bird give the babies flying lessons.  As they went from hatchlings to being out of the nest and hopping about the yard to flying, it amazed me again how quickly they go from being newborns to fending for themselves.


Other birds love the woods here, and we've had visits from our friendly neighborhood downy woodpeckers are well as a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers, among others.


Downies
We also sighted a snake, a painted turtle, and a snapping turtle, all within days of each other, all on our smallish suburbanish property.



All this busy-ness keeps our own not-so-wildlife happy.

10 comments:

meanderinghomeschool.com said...

Wild Kingdom was on every week at our house. Followed by the Wonderful World of Disney!

Very cool wildlife pics. Your hawks are nicer than the turkey vultures that were alighting on our neighbors roof some months ago.

Christina said...

Same here! A friend recently said that, as a child, she thought Marlin Perkins *was* Walt Disney, and I remember making a connection between the two in my own head--watching them back to back for years on end is probably why, LOL.

Ooh, and vultures: {{shudder}}

Bailey said...

Love the reference. We have more garter snakes this year. I have noticed wild turkeys the last few years. I love the cardinals that have been nesting since we moved here. The colors are amazing.

Alex said...

I love being able to see the wildlife near our house too!
I think we all have some wildlife near us, just takes a moment to notice :)

Yat-Yee said...

You tell such a great story with your pictures! The blue of the robin's eggs: unreal!

The wildlife in our backyard consists of two scrawny foxes. They seemed to find a space among some of our boulders a comfy spot and spent a little there sleeping.

Melissa said...

Those eggs are beautiful; makes me want to paint something that exact shade.

tadtown said...

Love all your pics. I just visited my father in Indiana, and he has a wild turkey and 4 baby turkeys in his yard. They are so much fun to watch!

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh my goodness! That is so awesome!

Steph said...

I LOVE your wildlife photos.

Christina said...

Thanks for the positive comments about the photos, all. My 13-year-old ds and 10-year-old dd took many of them. : )