The river otters are fun to watch. There is such a flurry of activity in the water even before you know what’s making all the ripples. I like them to come up on land so I can keep track of them while I count noses.
I don’t mind sharing our fruit trees and berry bushes with the wildlife. I just wish they weren’t so voracious! I thought it was birds until I saw the Marionberry leftovers on the rock. So I camped out and caught the little thief red-handed AND red-lipped.
They pick the berries before they are all the way ripe! Even if we had a greenhouse I bet they’d find their way in. We hadn’t had any problems with them eating our blueberries until this year.
These chipmunks are a little less cute with berry juice on their lips!
We had a report of a bear that chased some feral chickens in a nearby yard. He was not deterred by the home-owners attempts to scare him away. A bear that is not afraid of humans can be dangerous. Fortunately, no human or property was hurt and the feral chicken issue is diminishing.
I enjoy wildlife from a distance – from the safety of my home. We do not leave out garbage cans but they do like the natural food source along the Alsea River on the Oregon Coast.
At first I thought this was a mallard hen. But I’ve never seen a mallard dive underwater and swim. This one dove several times in the tidewater of the Alsea River. Watch the video and tell me if you think this is a mallard. A still photo of her is below the link to the video.