I looked out my kitchen window this morning to see what little birdies were at the filling station on my deck. Instead of the usual sparrows and bluejays, occasional tufted titmouse and cardinals, there was a large, stunning hawk sitting on the rail looking at me. Pretty shocking, the hawk was less than ten feet away, I've never seen one so close. Gorgeous he was, a plump white feathered breast with light brown spots, about 10" to 12" tall. Probably a young red-tailed hawk, which I often see soaring overhead. This morning, Mr. Hawk was up close and personal. I can't explain the beauty, but I couldn't take my eyes off him. No picture, sorry, I figured if I reached for the camera, he'd be gone.
We're not that far outside of Boston, maybe 25 miles, but we have abundant wildlife in our backyard. There's a dozen or so turkeys who show up almost every day, a resident woodchuck, several deer, a fox, a coyote pack that den nearby, and of course, bunnies, skunks, and a gazillion chipmunks. I don't remember so many critters when I was a child 40 years ago, certainly not turkeys and coyotes. People tend to think that the only "important" wildlife are the megafauna: wolves, elk, bears. People don't usually equate wildlife with the eastern states. But the comeback of an array of wildlife in the east has been amazing.
What sort of critters do you have in your backyard?