We live in the country in Virginia. That means lotsa critters! I never saw this much wild animal/insect action growing up in upstate NY, I can tell you that……even when I stayed on my cousins’ farm. Heck, I spent a lot of summers hiking around the Adirondack Park and never encountered enough to scare me into staying away from the woods.
Now that I live in a more mild (read: HOT) climate I spend most summers threatening to move to Canada. But it’s not all bad. Some of what I see around here is pretty darn cool. Last August I had a flying squirrel that would come to my bird feeder every night.
Pretty cool, right???
So here is a smattering of what we’ve seen around here this spring.
As always, tons of venison deer:
(That was taken from my living room window)
There’s the territorial little finches at my feeder every day:
(I tried to get a good one of the downy woodpecker and nuthatches we also see, but no luck yet)
A few nights ago, we spotted what we think is a luna moth:
It was HUGE!!!!
This next poor little critter was long dead………we found this shell and bones down by the stream:
It was way cool, but kinda disturbing, too. I found all of his little vertebrae and bones there. There was a ton of little tadpoles in the stream so we’ll have some amphibian action soon!
Then yesterday when I moved the garbage can I found this guy:
What I thought was steel wool was actually a wooly bear caterpillar. After I made a call to the local wildlife and pest authority (mom) and ascertained that he was harmless, I went back out to collect him with a jar, but alas, he had gone. Freaky though, huh?
And now that we’re talking creepy / crawly, I found a redback spider in the sunroom yesterday, a lonestar tick on my living room window, and spent 3 hours picking live, crawling nasty lice out of Emily’s hair today. No pics of those.