Friday, September 9, 2016

The Animals That Visit Lily Rose Ranch

There are very few things more enjoyable than watching the animals that visit Lily Rose Ranch. It is a joy and a privilege to share the land with them.

Top to bottom, left to right:
a Starling, an American Robin,
a Heron, a Blue Jay,
a Common Grackle, a White-throated Sparrow
a Yellow Finch, a Red Bellied Woodpecker

Top to bottom, left to right:
a Red Wing Black bird, a Northern Cardinal
a Mourning Dove, an Eastern Screech Owl
Canadian Geese, Buzzards
a Barn Owl, a Carolina Chickadee

Top to bottom, left to right:
An Opossum, a Gray Squirrel
A Whitetail deer, a Red Fox
A Raccoon, a Rabbit

[This year during spring a red fox had a den near the pond and gave birth to 3 little foxes. We use to sit on the back porch and watch them play. Luckily they showed no interest in the sheep who was in the pasture right next to the pond.] 

Top to bottom, left to right:
a Mocking Bird, a Carolina Wren
an Eastern Blue bird, a White-crowned Sparrow
a pair of Wood ducks (female & male), a Bay-breasted Warbler
a Green Violet-ear Hummingbird, a Brown-headed Cow bird

[The Carolina Wrens love to make a nest in our hanging baskets on the back porch. I suppose their nest gets wet quite often because we have to water the plants in the baskets.

Every night as sunset arrives the wood ducks come and invade the pond. One can see the silver streaks as they come the land on the water.]

Top to bottom, left to right:
an Eastern Box Turtle, a Snapping Turtle
a Copperhead snake, a Brown snake or cow-sucker
a Coyote, Wild Turkeys

[I have not actually seen a coyote yet, and I hope I never will because they will only be interested in the sheep, but I have heard them at night.]

Of course, millions of insects, bees, frogs, cicadas, butterflies, spiders also invade the farm during summer.

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