Thursday, May 18, 2017

Turkeys, woodchucks and other suburban wildlife

I live in a rural area. It is not unusual or unnatural to see wildlife on our property. My son trapped a raccoon which was digging our garden just the other day. We see wild turkeys in the woods, and occasionally one finds itself in our front yard-but not often. Fox (eating my chickens) and coyote have been known to frequent the area.
Funny though, the wildlife we see is in passing. Usually it sticks to the forests.
My mother, on the other hand, lives in Norwood, less than 15 minutes from the Boston city limits. Growing up we saw only squirrels, some chipmunks, and a few bunny rabbits.
But nowadays I am apt to see a big buck on the front lawn, a flock of wild turkeys hanging around all day and the day after and the day after that. Woodchucks run around - while not more numerous than squirrels, they are still there. Fox and coyote regularly saunter down the neighborhood streets.

I was staying there last week for a few days and two toms and 3 hens just appeared everyday and wandered around and ate.
I guess suburban sprawl leaves the wildlife nowhere to go but Mom's!

Oremus pro invicem!

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