Wildlife Wednesday: Displaced Mammals

Yesterday we did something exciting! We went to our land in the next town over to locate and measure a spot for a new pole building for my husband’s wood shop. He makes fine furniture. Building the shop will be the next step after our driveway is installed next month (hopefully).

Our 14+ acre wooded property is beautiful and we have made several trips to this parcel to decide where to site the house and pole building. We decided on a remnant prairie ridge top.

Remnant Prairie Ridge top. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

After marking the general but not exact location of the pole barn by using a compass, we walked back to the truck. I noticed the birds singing and the shagbark hickories starting to bloom and leaf out. When we were almost back to the truck, I heard a rustling in the woods and spotted a large rabbit trying to hide in the leaf debris and new foliage. There he stayed, still, while I snapped a few photos.

Rabbit hiding. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

With a lot of development around our current house, we are looking forward to moving away from humanity and towards experiencing more nature. Of course, there is a lot of work to be done – but, it will all be worth it.

The new housing development that abuts our current yard has surely displaced wildlife. I alluded to this in my post last Friday about coyote pups.

In the last few months, we’ve seen opossums, wood chucks, and of course deer in our yard. Last year, we had some raccoon babies (orphaned) living on our front porch for a few days. I feel for all these living creatures whose woods have been scraped clean and flattened to make room for houses.

Woodchuck making the rounds at our house! ˙© Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

Luckily, since we are building on remnant prairie, we will not have to disturb a lot of homes of our wild neighbors. I look forward to seeing fox and deer in the woods where they belong, surrounded by birdsong (maybe I’ll get better at bird watching), and prairie blooms.

Working on our plan for this property has lightened my mood and given me something to look forward to in the not so distant future. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the displaced wildlife that wanders into our current yard.

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