Our property is covered with native trees—oaks in particular—and has running water on it. Especially as the temperatures rise, the water makes our farm a place for wildlife to gather.
Of course, we have gophers and squirrels. They’re my nemesis given all of four-legged animals we own, so it’s nice to see the hawks and owls around, keeping the population in check.
Just the other day I saw a big snake on the property gopher snake. I waited for it to cross the driveway as I was going down it. He must have been three feet long about four inches in girth. A nice big snake. They help us with the gophers too, so he’s a good guy.
I saw a bobcat about a month ago—just once. Haven’t seen or heard coyotes lately, but the birds are all back. In fact, the swallows have returned and building in the garage again. They got all their tools out, and they’re ready. Collecting mud with little trowels, and they’re getting it done. I haven’t heard any babies yet, but they’re still building. Last year they had two or three brood over the season.
I’m reminded again that cows aren’t dumb. Our second bridge toward the pond has a sensor that opens the gate. It’s supposed to be triggered by metal, but the cows figured out that’s how they get out in the sun. They stood in front of the gate and, would you believe it? The gate opened. Of course, they’re not supposed to be out there, so that’s where they go. Once they were all on the other side, so I had to take all the fence down so they could get back without opening the gate. You know what? They came back the other way – down the river. They like to keep me working.