Posts Tagged ‘mammals’

Our Yummy Yard

Our yard seems more popular with the mammals this summer than usual.

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The groundhog claims the area under the barn (where the foxes had been).

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The rabbits are more common and can be quite playful.

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A squirrel ended up eating its lunch in the front yard, while I ate mine by the living room window.

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Front Porch Visitor

Last week was a busy week for mammals in our yard.

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Young rabbits seemed to eat often.

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The groundhog still thought the barn was for her and her one young.

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Foxes moved in and considered the barn theirs. The groundhogs took the north side and the foxes the south. They all left after two days of that.

A young squirrel walked out into the back back of our yard. It was too far for a picture.

Then yesterday …..

It got exciting around here.

I opened the front door and heard the “huffing” sound of a mad or injured animal. I couldn’t see it because it was in the narrow space between the two steps and the side of the house. The ferocious sounds convinced me to stay in and keep Buffy in. The angle wasn’t right to see anything from the kitchen window.  My husband got home, checked the critter. I called the sheriff department, who called animal control, who came out immediately.

He and my husband got it into a cage.

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A young otter! It was MAD!

(And I’m sure scared).

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I got a good look at its mouth full of sharp pointed teeth. That and its vicious noises and attitude, convinced me to keep the storm door between me and it, even though it was caged. It could have squeezed through one side of the door where it was bent.

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That definitely added excitement to our afternoon!

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) made a bold statement on a dreary overcast day.

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The flowers aren’t what they appear to be.

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The white “petals” aren’t petals. They’re bracts, which are modified leaves.

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The buds of the actual flowers crowd together in the center of the bracts.

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Two tiny flowers bloom in this cluster of buds.

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 A different vantage point of the flower cluster.

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Polinated flowers produce fruits that are called drupes. Many bird species and mammals eat the fruit.

If I Could …

If I could take this tree trunk home, I would “plant” it in a prominent place in my yard.

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Besides its interesting appearance, it would probably attract wildlife.

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Wildlife could include birds, mammals and/or insects.  They could use it for protection from the weather or predators, a place to den, a place to raise young?

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It would probably have even more uses as the wood decayed.