Three Critter Sightings

This spring, one fat fellow could frequently be observed grazing on the grass of our lawn.


Because this one is so shy, I have to shoot through the windows.  The results are definitely degraded because of that.  Sorry.

There’s another family of “charlies” living down by the road.  I’ve seen the babies playing beside the ditch.


Sunday morning about a half mile from home, we saw a fox in the middle of the road.  Eventually, she trotted over to the ditch and disappeared into a culvert.  I’m told that foxes are plentiful in this area, but we rarely see one.  One more jewel in the crown of that particular day.

Twin Fawns

The other evening as we were enjoying our evening meal, I saw a young doe on our lower lawn.  This was by the row of ash trees.  I did a double take as I realized she was not alone.  On either side of her stood a small fawn.  I wanted to capture this scene for you, so I got up and walked briskly toward the office to retrieve the camera.  I hadn’t gotten through the kitchen when I heard Sylvia say, “Don’t bother.  They’ve gone.”

And now, so am I.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

9 thoughts on “Three Critter Sightings

  1. Chuck, there is a family of fox living by the culvert on the east side of the schoolhouse yard, by Chris’s drive to his field. We’ve see the mama with a couple of babies….. :grin:

    • Cliff has said that there are lot of foxes around here, but I’ve only seen two. I need to get out more often.

  2. It is so hard to capture the animals from a distance–heck, I could barely get a clean shot of my turtle this weekend! I guess that is how they survive–from a distance and at great speed.

    We have a lot of coyotes here. You would never think it being in Chicago, right?

    • Last night it was a large doe deer in the wheat field behind us. I returned with camera and tripod just in time to see her move behind a large stand of pine trees and out of sight. Sigh.

      I’m a little surprised by your coyotes. Not at all that we have them here. They are very shy and stealthy.

  3. It’s great that you get to enjoy wild animals. Fawns are especially cute. Love the pictures you capture for your readers.

    Yesterday, in a department store, I heard a lady give an account of seeing wild animals in the yard of their vacation rental in Colorado. She had never seen animals up close except in a zoo. Then it occurred to me that we took for granted the animals that roamed around our condo complex in Colorado. (Deer, fox, coyote, mountain lions – which always caused an alert to be posted – bear, and, yes, snakes. The snakes were a big yuk. : ) No squirrels or chipmunks after mama fox had her kits. They were hunted down by Mama and shared with the babies.

    Here in the city we have birds.

    • We’ve had mountain lion in this neighborhood. I didn’t see it, but the neighbor did. Coyotes are very active, as are the usual cast of smaller woodland mammals.

      We consider all that to be among the joys of country living.

  4. I think it is great to see the wild animals living in one’s area. They say that we have coyote in this area, but , I’ve never seen one. About ten years ago , we had a mother skunk and her son who decided to live under our ramp. Animal control said to stop feeding the birds . A long story short…spring came and I saw mama skunk go in one direction, and her son went in a different direction . !!!!!

    • Good move to stop feeding birds. We used to do that in the winter, but stopped because of other critters that came for the party.

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