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Photos Of Wonderful Wildlife On Our Old Farm.
Wildlife On Our Old Farm.
We always have whitetail deer in our yard. Pretty bad for the garden they do eat some of it but we keep the garden sprayed. I plant marigolds around it. We hang soap and anything else we can think of. This all helps keep them out of my garden.
Our dog just waits for the deer to come in the yard so he can bark and run them out. They don't pay much attention to him.
We have found young wildlife on our farm. We never keep them we take them to the Wildlife Center so they can be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
This guy showed up in our yard one morning and I was following him around getting pictures. He didn't seem to mind. I MADE SURE I DIDN'T TOUCH HIM.
Porcupines are vegetarians. In the spring, they feed on leaves, twigs and green plants. In winter, they chew through the outer bark of trees. Sometimes, they will completely kill trees. They've gnawed through anything. They will just about gnaw on whatever is handy including items in your yard, shovel handles, etc.
They are very easy going unless you touch them then watch out. They can mess up your dogs.
There's not as many of them around now because fishers have come close to wiping them out.
Porcupine and The Dog.
This year the porcupine got our dog.
Whatever you do try not to let your dog near a porcupine. This little jaunt to the vet cost us $288.00. It's nice living in the country and all the wildlife, but it does have it's drawbacks.
This is our odd ball Squirrel
Of course, we have squirrels lots of squirrels. Strange colors on this squirrel. We have not seen him this year but hope he will come back. He hangs out with the gray squirrel, maybe he has some albino in him. We just can't figure it out.
There are albino or white squirrels around Wisconsin. Madison has a colony of them.
I love the squirrels. I know some people don't like them. We have never had any trouble with the bigger squirrels.
Gray (silver) squirrels raise their young in old holes in trees or build a large nest on top of the maple trees. The nests made from leaves and twigs. We once found two baby gray squirrels on the ground they cried and clung to my neck like babies. A tree, unfortunately, got cut down and there they were poor little things. I fed them every two hours. When we got the chance I piled the kids in the car and the squirrels and we took them to the wildlife center. Where they could care for them and let them back into the wild.
Black squirrels are actually gray squirrels. They are the ones I love the most, so pretty. They're not here as often as the other squirrels.
There are a few fox squirrels around here. We saw them more when we lived in our other house. Our neighbor from Chicago would trap them at his house in Chicago then bring them up here and let them go.
Black/Brown squirrel not sure how he why he has the mixed colors. He is different from the gray and black squirrels. He could have half fox squirrel.
We would like to keep our feeders out all the time. We have found out we can't do that. They attract the wildlife in our yard we don't want. When spring comes we will stop feeding birds and squirrels. You can see from the pictures that we were feeding when the weather was nice. Every night our feeders were get torn up by bears so we just had to stop.
We now feed the hummingbirds in the spring and should not even be doing that. Bears like that sweet tasting hummingbird feed. If they can reach them they will rip them down.
If you get a chance to check my other wildlife hubs please do.
Black and Brownish Gray Squirrel
We have lots of little red squirrels around here. I find them the hardest to get a picture of they have such sharp eyes. They love to tease our dogs. The Springer we have now is driving himself crazy try to catch the squirrels but their just to fast for him.
Our other Springer would go crazy when he saw one. He knew the difference between the red and gray squirrels. The gray squirrels never bothered him. He hated the red squirrels.
We had a mother red squirrel nesting above the tree where our swing hangs. One day I was sitting in the swing the baby squirrels got curious about me. They started down the tree towards where I was sitting and I was talking to them. All at once Mama showed up. She let me have it, angrily chattering at me. The next day the family was gone she must have moved them. She thought her babies were in danger so she moved them to a safer place.
They are mean little devils and the other squirrels run from them
Some of the wildlife in a slide show.Click thumbnail to view full-size
We get lots of wildlife in the yard. We're across from a field that grows potatoes or beans. The animals love that. We also have a swamp on the back part of our land which also brings in animals. We have Maple and Boxwood trees for wildlife to live in.
Our son lives just down the road from us and they had a wolf in their yard last week. It's not unusual for us to see wolf tracks and seven different bears in our yard last year. My husband also saw a cougar in the meadow.
White Tail Deer have their fawns in late spring. They are so cute and spotted. We have Mom and babies in our yard at times. We sometimes get large bucks in the yard. Most of the time it's just does, fawns or young males. They like to bed down in our meadow and they have now started to bed down by our barn and in my flower beds.
Gray Fox, we don't see them often. The picture taken with our field camera in the meadow. They can climb trees looking for roosting birds. They're smaller than coyote which we also get lots of in our yard. Coyotes and fox are the one thing we have to watch out for if we get chickens. The chickens will have to go they're pen at night.
We have lots of coyotes around we hear them just about every night at times they sound like their right in our yard.
Turkeys in our meadow. Turkeys in our crabapple tree.
Turkeys in our meadow
Here he comes again.
Here he comes again! This big bear likes to come and visit in the morning and lay by our deck. Believe me, we didn't go outside until he decided to leave.
We also have baby bears.
Of course we have bears
The area we live in known for its wildlife. We had wildlife at our old home too. Some that I have not been able to get pictures of. At the old house, we saw a red fox crossing the lake when there was ice. We always had otters by our dock. I once saw a badger crossing our road by our house. Muskrats, bats, beavers, turtles and many different birds. Raccoons that hung on our deck with their little ones. Of course, skunks.
Flying squirrels we have here and I keep trying to get their picture.
We have American toads all over the place. We also have the little green Leopard Frogs and Gray Tree Frogs in the grass and hanging out in our garden. I want to put a pond in then the little frogs will have a place to hang out.
Can you see me?
The deer below weren't in our backyard, but I thought they were interesting. There's a wildlife park near us with albino deer.
In this state, it is illegal to shot albino deer. In some areas and some can be if they are in a Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone. They have now found Chronic Wasting Disease in our area. People are not supposed to feed the deer or birds if the deer can get to the feed.
It may also be that way in other states. Native Americans say it is bad luck to shoot an albino. The population of white and albino deer is not far from where we live. I have never seen one in the wild.
I don't know about albino squirrels if they are protected.
Raccoons coming in at night. Our field camera took a picture of them. The field camera images aren't great.
Chipmunk going up the side of our barn. He gets up into the loft of the barn that way. I'm sure that is where she builds her nest.
You can see we have lots of squirrels, all colors.
We also see lots of birds you can see them in my bird hubs.
The pictures on here are my own except for the white squirrel. They may not be the best. I hope you enjoyed seeing them.
White squirrel picture is from the white squirrel population in Madison, WI.
We have a friend that gives us loaves of old bread so we have been feeding the deer with it. The snow is so deep it's hard for them to find food. When the snow is gone we will stop feeding them. They need to find food on their own. It's not only the deer that eats the bread but the ravens and blue jays and I'm sure at night maybe raccoons.
We believe we have an owl on top of our roof. We hear him walking around up there. He let out a screech the other night and scared the heck out of my husband. He was on the deck having his smoke. In the dead of night, I heard something cry like an animal attack. It woke me up from a sound sleep but I couldn't see anything. We know the owl is around we have seen him. He was here last year right on the same side of the house. We would hear his who, who sounded like he was right in front of our bedroom window.
We are now getting a wolf in the yard. He was running through the driveway under our yard light.
White or Albino Squirrel
Fawn Playing Mud Puddle.
We hate a heavy rain last night, so we had a large mud puddle in our yard. My husband looked out the window and saw this little fawn playing in the mud puddle. He was having a good time and had maybe never seen a puddle before. We saw the doe over by the barn waiting for him. We have seen we think the same two before. We believe they are bedding down behind the barn. They're going between our property and our son's property. I'm sure they feel pretty safe in the spots they're in as long no bears or wolves see them.
They are likely the deer that has been eating my rose bushes.
The videos are of the same fawn and the doe.
Fawn Playing In Mud Puddle.
Little Fawn In Our Yard Running To His Mother After Playing In Mud Puddle.
More Wildlife on Our Farm
- Black Bears In Our Backyard! Are My Photos as Good As Tom Sears?
This article is about bears in our backyard and some great photos of them. Not as good as tom sears but as good as there going to get at our house. With video
- Timber Wolf of the North Endangered or Not. Also Known As The Gray Wolf.
This article is about timber wolves in the north in and around near us. The ones I have seen. Also called the gray wolf.
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Wildlife On Our Old Farm.