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Monday, October 24, 2022

Breakfast wildlife entertainment

    One of the most enjoyable features of Columbia is the wildlife that we see out of our breakfast window. As the seasons change we see different animal patterns.  It is just like viewing a nature show in real-time. This past year has been amazing in viewing the show.  We have rain gardens and other flowers in our front yard and compost in the back that the animals have found.  Here is a sample of what we have seen.

Our bluebird family has been around for most of the summer and we still see some of the younger birds still around this Fall.

We had 2 sets of eggs this year.

Our large beech and poplar trees have been home for the raccoon family

The neighborhood hawk was around when the bluebird eggs were in the bluebird house.  We were never sure if the hawk got one of the young bluebirds.

We had multiple hummingbirds at our feeder this year.  They have all left for warmer areas.

The goldfinches are still around

The woodpeckers are also still around year round

This summer we had a few different deer families that created the need to have 8-foot fencing around our flowers.

Our neighborhood fox comes around regularly on the hunt for small rodents and birds.  He likes to bury them in our compost to be retrieved later.

We even found this duck egg that the fox buried in one of our planters.

      I have left out the rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and chipmunks which are also frequent visitors.

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