When we bought the lot to build our home, we chose a lot that had what our city calls a “canal” as the back border of it. (Let’s be honest, it’s a drainage ditch – no matter what you want to call it.) We thought that it would give us more privacy than having neighbors right behind us, especially since the canal has undeveloped city-owned property on the other side.
But we got a major bonus we didn’t expect: a vibrant wildlife population centered on the water source that treats our backyard as their own private meadow. In addition to the regular Florida suburban squirrels, raccoons and armadillos, we also have resident deer, turtles, and even the occasional bobcat!
We really love watching the comings and goings of the wildlife and learning about their behavior. The retired lady next door shares our love of the local wildlife too and so text alerts fly back and forth between our homes when animal visitors appear out of the woods – a fun form of neighborly bonding!
A few days ago, my husband was sitting at his desk by one of our front windows when he saw a small quick moving blur go across the front yard. He immediately thought it was a bobcat. The two of us stepped out into the driveway to peer towards the direction of the neighbor’s to see if we could score a rare sighting.
Instead, as he stepped into the grass from behind my car, Mike suddenly found a tiny fawn in front of him! It was the tiniest one I think we’ve ever seen in all the years we’ve been watching “our” deer. It’s head wasn’t even up to knee high on me it looked like!