Friday, 10 June 2011

What a zoo!

With the pride of ownership comes good stewardship of the land and its animals.

There is Englebert and Frederick, the tree frogs; Shirley and Calico, the goldfish; various deer (12 we've counted): 'the twins', Doh, Ray and Me; rabbit; 32 wild turkeys; a hawk; an osprey, several turkey vultures; a momma bear and her twins (we haven't seen them!); at least one wolf; a fisher; and many birds.

Sady is a happy girl in the outdoors. She took a long time to adjust to the open spaces, despite walking on the frozen lake for ice walkies in Muskoka.

Tigger, one of the twins who visited in winter, who bounced his way through the snow, the late Oliver's wannabe buddy; is back and growing wee antlers.

Hah! I'm eating your sumac buds!
Voracious, it takes a lot of energy to grow antlers, as well as a juvenile body. Tigger and his twin haunt our forest. On this day, he was taking advantage of the sweet sumac leaves. I walked over to him to encourage him to move into the adjacent acreage. No luck. I got right up to him and he went deeper into the spot where I'm trying to grow some trees. Very shallow soil, with clay underneath, I likely will have a problem as the trimmed sumac seems the only thing that would grow.

Tigger grazes on Oliver's lot
Felix rests in the window seat
Felix and his brother, Buster Brown, have moved in, to add to the mix...
Sady is not amused. 
Batman (not Robin) tries his wings
Batman's eye hasn't opened again
-blood was encrusted on it.
he's a one-eyed bandit
Batman is growing. He feeds hourly, if not more. At least he goes to sleep in the dark! Now, no one should pick up a baby in the forest. Often the moms leave them in a secure spot to feed. You must watch them for at least a half hour to see if Mom returns.
This wee guy was left behind, and his sibling took off in the night. I decided he couldn't starve.
I've been feeding the little guy. I found an escargot fork works well.

With a little help from my friend...
Buster is sharing his wet kitten food with Batman. Batman shares his bed, which reminds me: I've changed the litter box, not the bird bedding. Sigh. 

Buster Brown likes many nooks and crannies, including Batman's nest. Buster is a black short haired cat, with an underlying brown colour.


Deb said...

Sorry hear about Oliver.

Powell River Books said...

How unusual for the two to share the same box. Even our indoor cat is excited when he sees a bird outside. - Margy

W.C. Camp said...

You have a way with animals Jenn. We also helped a bird out this week and got it back to the wild in good health. Sorry about Mr. O, I will miss reading of his adventures. W.C.C.

Jenn Jilks said...

Yes, we shall miss Oliver, but he lived a great life in his 4 years. I know that the twins will be providing many photo-ops!

Georgia said...

wow that is an awesome post! love all the photos and the video was amazing! my 2 year old liked it too :0)

Betty Manousos said...

sorry to hear bout Oliver.

first time here. how lovely blog!

visiting via camera critters.


VioletSky said...

Not everybody would have had an escargot fork handy!
So sorry to hear about Oliver.
I am at home now watching my 16 y/o cat who is failing. She seems to be in no pain and is still breathing, still, I know it won't be long.

Tes said...

How amazingly unusual for those two to share a box. You're good with animals, Jenn. That tiny birdling can eat a train -hahaha. So cute! :)

Anonymous said...

What wonderful critters!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

So sorry about Oliver! You have a very interesting blog, the video is great.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful to see the cat and the bird together. Fabulous photos!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

One said...

My daughter watched this 2x. We rescued a bird before and fed it every half hourly with wet cat food too. I'm surprised Buster didn't harm the bird.

eileeninmd said...

A great critter post, loved all your animals. The deer are cute. I would love to see the bear and cubs. Wonderful photos.

Carletta said...

A wonderful variety of critters!
I'm loving the kitty and birdie side by side. :)
Really enjoyed the video. How wonderful you are taking care of him.
Carletta's Captures

Jidhu Jose said...

nice collection

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Hootin' Anni said...

This is so against nature, but all in all INcredible!!!

Do stop by if you have time to view my:


Hope your weekend is treating you well!!

anemonen said...

Stunning critters!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting that a cat and bird would share the same box! I never would have thought to give a baby bird catfood. :)

You can never take too many pictures said...

Boy! is that bird growing fast, and the kittens are just so adorable....some fun times ahead!!!!! Really a macro opens up a whole new world!!!! I love discovering that itty bitty existence...and it does not matter what season...even in winter the possibilities are endless!!!!!Thanks for putting that Link on your easy to access yours now!!!!!

Light Trigger said...

Poor Oliver! you have great animal photos! they are so lovely!

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