Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Every once in a while, when we start thinking that this place where we live belongs to us, 
we are reminded that our opinion is not universal.

eastern wild turkey gobblers

Most mornings lately, four Eastern Wild Turkey gobblers have been gathering on our back patio.

eastern wild turkey gobbler in birdbath

They like the convenience of fresh water (or sometimes ice) in the birdbath, a chance to admire their reflections in the window glass, and the exceptional acoustics. If volume had anything to do with ownership, when they gobble, they would have the deed to the house in their feathery back pocket. The turkeys retreat a little when we pass by the windows, but seem only mildly inconvenienced by the other occupants of this place, namely us. Their forebears, after all, were here long before ours were.
Before dawn yesterday morning, Don watched a skunk saunter away from the back of the house, while a fat raccoon sat in the bird feeder, eating a bedtime snack. We've been wondering why the bird feed disappeared so fast, and now we know that it's been going to two more residents.

mother raccoon with kits
In the summer, a mother raccoon and her two kits would come in the evenings to eat... 

raccoon kit in oak tree

...before climbing up to their nursery in a large oak tree behind the house. 
In the nighttime, the place belonged to them.

button buck

Deer have always been occupants of our woods. 
Of the seven we see regularly, one button buck has taken to the dog kennel, and helps himself to fallen acorns. 

white-tailed buck

We see the larger bucks less frequently, but in the shelter of the darkness, they may consider this place their own, too.

barley golden retriever

Barley is the only four-legged creature with a key to the house.

So far.

golden retriever postage stamp

Barley just got his 15 minutes of fame with this custom stamp on Zazzle.


Lea said...

Great photos!

pens and needles said...

So generous of these natives to share their space with you and Don. :)

Brian King said...

These are fantastic! Beautiful photos!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Wonderful photographs! How fun it must be to look out your window or door and see such visitors as these.

bettyl-NZ said...

Lovely variety of critters. The turkey shots are awesome and the raccoons are adorable. Of course the pup is the cutest of all!

Anonymous said...

Those turkeys look huge! Beautiful deer. Lovely picture of Barley with the fog lingering in the background. The raccoons are adorable! Since Hurricane Matthew, we've had opossums "owning" the backyard after hours. The bunny seems to come late, as well. I enjoy sharing with all of them.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful photographs of a wide variety of critters

Lady Fi said...

Wow - beautiful shots of your neighbours!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, wonderful critter photos. I love the wild turkeys, awesome shots. The raccoon is cute and the deer are pretty critters. Most of all I love Barley, beautiful dog and photo. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Marleen said...

I have enjoyed your photos! Wonderful to watch these animals so close.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

hello!!!.. Beautiful series of photos.. Regards

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photo series of critter photos ~ each animal is a treasure ~ thanks

Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

Mosura said...

Nice shots. Love the raccoons .

Felicia said...

More gorgeous images Connie. The buck image is great with that beautiful light.

Anita Johnson said...

Beautiful photos....you even make a turkey look great. I'm not sure if they are beautiful or not. Their color is really stunning.