We do manage to get some wildlife a-visitin’ us up here on the lofty third floor. (The vast majority of buildings in this neck of the woods don’t rise above three floors because they become unstable in earthquakes…)
This afternoon – during the heavy rain yet – a young squirrel came a-calling (male I think, but I haven’t been able to get a good look at the underbelly – lots of nipples and it’s a female :))
He was very skittish and kept dashing off at the slightest provocation, but it’s the first squirrel we’ve seen in months (and they used to be around every other day). We have a suspicion that the groundsmen may have laid down poison and/or traps, so quickly did the visits stop.
Because he was so shy I didn’t get around to whipping the camera out (too busy trying to get a few seeds and nuts out through the sliding glass door and keeping the cats at bay), but later, when I did have occasion to try to photograph something, I discovered the battery was almost flat so it’s now on charge <boo>.
A previous visitor was a young female who had been injured (she limped, with an obviously injured hind leg, and often lay flat on her belly to eat what we put out for her, presumably because it was less painful that way). Here’s a shot of her:
We really enjoy the interaction with the local wildlife. It’s what makes living here reasonably tolerable.
There used to be deer – lots of them. Either the coyotes (lots of them too) killed them or chased them off, or the groundsmen put up fences beyond our range of vision.
We still hear the coyotes frequently but rarely see them (used to see them a great deal).
The humming birds have slackened off considerably. At one time we had at least 30, all bickering like crazy over the feeders (three of them, each with six feeding stations). Now we tend to have the solitary guardian who won’t let the occasional interloper get access to the weak sugar water I prepare every so often.
Even local finches have built their nest in our hanging plants (fake) and we’ve been proxy grandparents on numerous occasions. Some of our more ..er.. photogenic sprogs are shown below:
Other animals spotted include the occasional skunk (we seem to smell them rather than see them), raccoon, bunny, and gekko. Haven’t seen any rattlesnakes yet (this is a desert region, something that’s easy to forget) but we don’t mind that one bit 🙂
In almost 13 years we’ve also seen one desert fox and the silhouette of one mountain lion, very late at night. We know there’s more activity than that (from anecdotes offered by the few other residents and staff that we know) but we’re obviously not active enough ourselves.
One of these days I’ll put up a webcam or two, see what they manage to capture.