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Wildlife In My Backyard

Updated on May 12, 2014

I See Animals

This is a lens about the top 10 animals in my backyard. What? I have seen 10 animals in my backyard? Yes I have, and every time it happens, it never ceases to amaze me.

If you live in the country, you see animals all the time, but you don't really expect to see them in the suburbs where I live. Every time an animal shows up in my yard, I use it as an opportunity to teach my son about how precious nature is.

Photo courtesy of Clip Art 10,000

Okay, Maybe I Don't Always See Them

I should say right here, that I don't always see the animals that I'm going to be listing. Sometimes, I just see and hear evidence of their passing. If they're leaving evidence, though, you know they're around. Some of these animals just my husband and son have seen, but that, too, means they are around.

Do you see the baby bunny hiding amongst the greenery in the photo?

Photo copyright Shari O'Leary

Backyard Animals - In no particular order

Without further ado, here's my top 10 list of animals that can be found in my backyard.

  1. Cardinal
  2. Snapping Turtle
  3. Gray Squirrel
  4. Red Squirrel (very rare)
  5. White-Tailed Deer
  6. Red-Tailed Hawk
  7. Rabbit
  8. Raccoon
  9. Opossum
  10. Red Fox

Giant Snapping Turtle

Giant Snapping Turtle
Giant Snapping Turtle

What's In Your Yard?

How many of these animals have you seen in your yard?

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My Final Words

I hope you enjoyed this little list I've compiled. It's really amazing what you can find in your own backyard.

Depending on where in the world you live, you may not even know what these animals are, but I hope you enjoyed it anyways.

Photo copyright Shari O'Leary

Let me know you stopped by. Whether you liked your visit, or you didn't, I would like to know. Thanks!

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    • StillPlaysWithT profile image


      5 years ago

      We get lots of quail. The babies are so cute - they look like little cotton balls running around on stick legs. We also have coyotes in the area - they don't get in our yard but we can hear them yipping at night.

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      moralblogger lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow! A red squirrel! I always wanted to see one.

      From your list, I'm afraid I only see the gray squirrel and the red fox in my backyard...I must move closer to nature, lol!

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      6 years ago

      Growing up in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, we had lots of wildlife in the back yard. I love all wild animals.

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      7 years ago

      Very cool. We have wild visitors from time to time. Nice when it happens. We had 2 box turtles this year.

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      We don't see the deer, fox, or snapping turtle in our backyard, but we've seen them a couple miles away. We back up to a wooded area and do see the red squirrels frequently (along with gray and fox squirrels). Nice lens :-)

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      We live in the city too but a block away from the country. We never know what may appear in our yard. Most of the wildlife are nocturnal so we don't see many during the day. Thank Goodness. :)

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      9 years ago

      That's great. I'd love to see animals in a garden. I live in a flat (apartment) and all I see are insects on my balcony! Super lens.


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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      We live in the woods, so we see lots of animals every day...especially squirrels and deer. I've never seen a snapping turtle though! We have seen black bear here, but not often. Cute lens.

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      9 years ago

      We have pet rabbits, but we did have a wild rabbit pass through one day. It probably did not stay long because we have a dog! But then we do have squirrels living in our apple tree and we get red kites flying overhead, along with kestrals, buzzards and sparrow hawks. Then one day a fox meandered through and we have frogs in our pond.

      I guess I ought to make a lens like this as well!.

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      Shari O'Leary 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to kiwisoutback] The snapping turtle is from across the street. We have a little swampy pond there. Don't even know how he got through the fence as big as he was. I just very carefully took him back across the street.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      "I see animals" that's funny. Love the turtle. We some rabbits and tons of squirrels in own backyard.

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Millions of bunnies here, including some families that have called our garden home. Cardinals, orioles, lots of robins. Sometimes nesting mama birds try to drive us out of our yard!

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Deer, foxes, mice, cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, hawks, wild turkeys, we have them all. Sounds like you have an interesting backyard with the snapping turtles around.

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      9 years ago

      I just saw a red fox the other night in my yard. It is only the 2nd time I have seen him in the 5 years we have lived here.

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      9 years ago

      Love the Turtle. We have a ton of Ground Hogs.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      We have so many rabbits in our yard. We get raccoons too.

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      beautiful pups!


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