This has been our first full season of urban living and we're spending quite a bit of time just getting used to it. Eventually, we may do more day-trips than we have this year -- but for now we've been enjoying the benefits of full-time living in the City. It's fun to be within walking distance of -- well, almost everything, really. Except for wild birds and animals. Those are scarce. Below are the only critters I saw on a recent downtown walk:
But of course we do drive out into the country at least once a week -- mostly to visit family. I don't always remember my camera when we're there, but last weekend I did (previous post here) and I scored a few real birds and critters. Here are some more of them:
I showed the courting red-shafted flickers in the last post, but to make up for all the weekends lately that I haven't linked any birds at all, I'll post a couple different views of the same two:
In the right-hand picture the male has turned around, just after he'd apparently given up trying. He flew away across the field right after.
And here is the resident feline. In spite of how much she looks like a stalking wildcat, Chloe is not brave enough to be a danger to anything. Our son-in-law and daughter inherited her (from their grown daughter and family -- inherited probably isn't the right word here). In her first home, she was an indoor cat, now she's enjoying the great outdoors during the daylight hours -- except that when she has to "go" this cat sits on the porch and meows to be let inside to use the litter box.
Sharing city and country wildlife with Eileen's SATURDAY CRITTERS; Ani's RATHER B-BIRDING; Jesh's SEASONS; Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY; Michelle's NATURE NOTES; and OUR WORLD on Tuesday (hosted by Lady Fi, Arija, Gattina, Sylvia, and Sandy).
Thank you to all of the hosts.