Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wildlife Cohabitation

Cindy and I walk for 40 minutes every morning before sun-up. In the summer heat of Texas, that's the only intelligent time to get out; even so, we arrive home wet with sweat.

You would think that living in population dense Plano, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the high concentration of humanity would easily crowd out the native wildlife. Not so!

On one morning walk, we counted 19 rabbits grazing in the front yards of our neighbors. The critters eat everything from grass to potted plants. They decimated our pansies. But, they are cute and fun to watch as they hop around.

We spotted a huge raccoon a few days ago. He lives in the large, thick hedges behind the Kroger store, between the store and the creek behind it. Last week we saw a large snapping turtle in the creek. The ducks here are legendary. We get them in our pool from time to time, and while they are beautiful, let it be known that they are poop machines without equal, and will choke off your pool filter if not run off in good time.

The clittering and thumping we hear on our roof is the result of a large squirrel population. That large nest in the live oak in our front yard is the home of a pair of large and regal crows.

Several times a year there are sightings of coyotes and bobcats.

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