Here in the foothills of the Cascade mountains
in Western Washington State,
we have a lot of wildlife.
Today I would like to share with you
some photos I took of five common inhabitants.
One of the most thrilling to observe
is the American Bald Eagle.
These magnificent birds are frequent visitors
to our little mountain and the valleys
This beauty was part of a pair.
Seeing them soar against the face of Mt. Rainier
is an amazing sight.
When the eagle flies,
everything goes undercover.
Especially this little guy that was sneaking into
the back garden.
Our native Douglas Squirrel munches on the flower
pannicles of the Big Leaf Maple tree.
These are very large trees with 6-8 inch pannicles.
The leaves can be a foot across.
These little guys are small - a bit larger than a chipmunk.
Their primary source of food are the cones
of the Douglas Fir tree.
This watchful fellow is a Wood Pigeon. Every year I have
a returning flock who nest in my trees.
They are large birds, about the size of a small chicken.
They have lovely markings with a white neck band and dark wing tips.
They, along with the Mourning Doves,
fill the surrounding forest with their cooing.
Here you can see it in flight with the dark
These are prized prey for Eagles and Hawks,
and this one was watching an Eagle until it flew
out of sight.
Near the top of the food chain,
is Wiley Coyote.
This healthy looking Coyote has
lovely markings with an unusual
band of light coloring across its back.
I took this photo on my front lawn recently.
This fellow has an intense stare!
Needless to say, I have been very
cautious when allowing the pets
Seeing this visitor made me decide
to stop feeding the birds.
It was a smorgasbord for predators.
Now I will feed the birds the natural way,
by planting and preserving native food sources.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few
of the wild things that live in my world,