Our Welcome (and not welcome) Nature Guests

Our Welcome (and not welcome) Nature Guests

Our housesitter called when we were away to say that we hadn’t told her about our unexpected friend. At dusk she had walked out onto the back patio and discovered a 5-foot gopher snake slithering along the house. Knowing our respect for critters, she successfully whisked it away with a broom. We hope it stays around. After all, gopher snakes eat lots of rats and other rodents, which also seem to like our yard. [Read more…]

Please Keep Cats Inside …(and a few more Wildcam shots)

Please Keep Cats Inside …(and a few more Wildcam shots)

This morning my husband came inside after throwing seed on the ground for the wild birds and said it was a good thing I didn’t go down first…. A baby rabbit that we had been watching as it grew up in the cover of our slope was dead on the ground, uneaten, its head severed (sorry for the graphic description – but that’s what cats do.) It would be one thing if cats ate what the kill, but often they do not. [Read more…]