As a former city dweller I know that wildlife is not uncommon in even the most urban of environments. Tens of thousands of raccoons, for example, make their homes in the ravines located in parks in Toronto, and they find their way into the neighbouring areas.
What differs in the country is variety of wildlife.
In the case of our 3.5 acre property, located about 20 Km north of Belleville, Ontario, we have lots of regular wild life and a few occasional visitors.
The visitors include a black bear that Tana saw leaving the north-west corner of our property, an unusual silver-grey turkey that was quite different from the many wild turkeys we see around here, and green herons who decided to make the goldfish pond at our front door their personal watery buffet.
The best occasional visitor, though, was this beautiful fox -
- who joined us one spring. She must have had a difficult winter because she was eating the birdseed we put out for our local birds. She was quite a lady, though, passing within a couple of feet of ourselves and even our grandkids, and never causing any problems. She would be welcome back anytime.
Deer resting in one of our fields
More commonly, we see deer, raccoons, rabbits and a very wide variety of bird species, including this great grey owl, who I found, not on our property, but less than two kilometres north of here.
Great Grey Owl
You can hear the howl of the coyotes back in the fields on many evenings, but they seldom come near or are seen by humans, and there are large numbers of red, balck and grey squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and groundhogs around.
Deer on a trail