In our area we are surrounded by all sorts of wildlife, and this is one of the great pleasures of living in the mountains. You never know what is going to show up in your back yard!
This fox is a permanent resident of Destiny Ranch. We have gotten to see her pups, we hear her barking at night. I named her Foxy Lady. Bill and I have seen this animal many times on the property. For several reasons we think she is a mountain fox, but my friend Gary thinks she is a coyote. What do you think?
Here Foxy Lady is hunting in the meadow. Good Girl!
There are all sorts of prey for Foxy Lady to take back to her litter. Squirrels, mice, rabbits, birds, and other animals are plentiful and has allowed her to successfully produce litters throughout the years.
The pond is about the size of 1/2 of a football field and about 8 feet deep in the middle. It fills up with the first rains, and remains throughout the Spring, completely drying up by August. The buzzards help clean up anything left for them to eat. The pond was man made and has a dam and a weir. The dogs love to swim here in the Spring.
This is a Great Blue Heron. We have only seen on on the pond, maybe she was lost. It did not stay for long and when it saw us it lifted its huge wings and was gone as quickly as it had come .
Unfortunately Bill was unable to focus his camera before this Heron took wing, so the image is blurry.
Since my picture of this lovely bird is so out of focus, we wanted to show you what one really looks like. My friend and mentor found this picture of a Great Blue Heron, that was taken on the eastern coast of the US, so you could see a prime example of this magnificent bird.
Here are some more buzzards just waiting for the pond to dry up. Aren’t they kind of creepy looking here? Like a scene from The Birds. A Halloween I made an arrangement that mimicked the buzzards. I will give instructions for this project around Halloween time.
This is a black tailed deer and is part of the Tehama deer herd. They migrate over 100 miles and winters in our area between October and March.
Here is an orange dragon fly next to the gold fish pond.