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Wild in the City

The continuing discoveries of a 21st century artist and naturalist …

I live in the northernmost edge of the North Carolina Appalachian mountains with my husband, Jim.  The county in which we live is one of the least populous of our state – at least in terms of people.  We regularly see a variety of wildlife.  We have turkeys that stroll through the front yard and up by our bedroom window.  A large number of Canadian Geese visit all year round and one pair even brought their new family by to visit us last year.  A couple of days ago we saw four deer across the river one of which was a young spike still in process, it seemed, of finding his mate for the season.  We had a resident rabbit who paid little attention to us as he foraged beside the steps leading up to our porch.
We expect to see those things up here.  Last Sunday morning, however, we were in the state capital visiting our sons.  Having spent the night with the youngest at his new residence we rose early and had our coffee on the back deck while he and his friends slept in.  During that hour or so of our morning time together we were visited by a squirrel, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Northern Flicker, a White-Throated Sparrow, a Junco, and an Eastern Bluebird.  A Sunday morning in the city proved to me that lovely wildlife resides in all places not just rural areas.
Lesson learned:  Look for and savor wildlife wherever you are.
Mark your calendars for the 2015 Backyard Bird Count

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