Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Creating the Perfect wildlife habitat

So long ago we built our home on a retired apple and pie cherry orchard. We have gleaned many times over from the generous and fertile soil. We have a natural spring that is latticed underneath our ground cover. The soil is too porous to bring the water to the surface but for living in a desert we do pretty good water wise.
It's not uncommon for us to view pheasant and other fowl from our back windows. We have even hosted a racoon family on occasion. But now we have become hosts to bigger visitors.
Back in the day we had a small dog that spent more hours outside than she does now. By my best estimation she is 18 and 1/2 years old and so has claimed as a benefit of her senior dog status that she can spent most waking hours in our garage. This leaves our backyard, quiet and predator free. Notice the green slide? My son who is now 12 no longer climbs his tree house so it has become a habitat for deer. It beats finding all the racoon scat up there.

Yes, those are horns. I recently posted pictures of a doe that has taken to munching on my flora and fauna. She brought back her boyfriend. He was very wary and kept track of us at our kitchen window.

This explains the bigger hoof prints that we have been seeing around the house. And it's kind of fun to host our winter guests.

1 comment:

Georgia said...

Those are some pretty impressive photos of some really impressive horns.