Mail Call: Backyard Wildlife

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Caribou

Photo by Larry Opperman

Backyard Wildlife

I've attached some wildlife pictures from our yard and around our house. We live in Soldotna, Alaska, and have a bounty of wildlife to view. Even in the city, wildlife is abundant. In our yard alone, we see moose, caribou, rabbits, squirrels, otters, ermine, porcupines, and birds. And while we haven't seen them in our yard, our neighbors have bears around their house.

There’s a Steller's jay at our kitchen window that appears every morning just after we wake up; we assume he can hear us moving around. Peanuts are a favorite of the jay, and if we don't get them out soon enough to suit him, he’ll stare at us and peck on the window until we take his treat to the feeder.

The caribou that came through were apparently the first in the neighborhood in 25 years, and they were a treat to see. There were also two bald eagles in our driveway, and a large group of them in the trees just down the road from our house.



Moose-Family

Photo by Larry Opperman

Moose are the most intriguing animals we see in the yard, and we can watch them for as long as they’ll hang around. The little calves were in the yard in May. They usually stay with the mother for two years, until she delivers her next calves. It’s common for moose to have twins, or even triplets, if conditions are right. Mother Nature will often take one, hence the multiple births. It's always rewarding to see both calves survive.





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