Surprising wildlife you might find in your own backyard
Oh, you caught me watching some Cat TV. Did you know that this Friday is National Wildlife Day? You don’t even have to go to a zoo or the woods to see wildlife–if you are patient and look carefully, you can often see some interesting wildlife from your very own window! I live adjacent to the Florida Everglades, so I see some amazing birds flying right by. Luckily, I watch from behind this pane of glass so the birds can’t swoop down and carry me away or peck my eyes.
If the birds are too far away, or your eyes are very poor, you can always use some binoculars to see better. Luckily, my eyes are good. Let me show you some of the wildlife you can find in my neighborhood.
This is a Great Blue Heron. He’s a wading bird that likes to go fishing for his dinner. I think this one might be admiring his reflection.
This bird is a Green Heron. I do not know why he’s called a Green Heron, because he does not look green to me. His habitat is wetlands, and he also likes to eat small fish and stuff he finds around the water like frogs. I doubt he would eat a french fry.
I’ll bet you know what this is: a gigantic American Alligator! They live in freshwater places like rivers, lakes, swamps, wetlands and marshes. What does an alligator eat? Anything he wants!
These pretty birds are White Pelicans, which you can sometimes see in south Florida during the wintertime. White Pelicans use their giant beaks to trap fish. They can eat several pounds of fish in a single day!
Finally, this bird is called a Cormorant. Cormorants fish by diving into the water and capturing a fish with their sharp, pointy beaks. After their underwater fishing, they can often be seen standing around with spread wings letting the sun dry their feathers.
No, we haven’t spotted an elusive blue elephant, it’s another kind of wildlife altogether: the American Harleymaniac. He can often be found in his natural environment napping, eating snacks, and generally acting like a fool. For National Wildlife Day, I recommend you learn about the species of wildlife you can find in your very own backyard. If you don’t have a good windowsill from which to observe, I recommend a Cat Window Perch!
What wildlife do you have in your neck of the woods?