Surprising wildlife you might find in your own backyard

You can often find wildlife 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. 
Binoculars can help you see wildlife better
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.
Great blue heron
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.
Green Heron
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!
white pelican
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!

Cormorant Everglades
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.

Wildlife can be found in surprising places
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? 

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  1. We have great blue herons here too Daisy. And sometimes white pelicans will fly through when migrating. No alligators though which is good ’cause I think they would think I was a tasty snack.

  2. Oreo, Presley & JoeyAugust 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Your ‘backyard’ looks very interesting, Daisy! We have a screened in porch that we call our ‘catio’. From there, we get to watch lots of birds that gather at the feeders. Sometimes we even get to see raccoons! Have you ever seen a raccoon, Daisy???

  3. Wow Daisy, you have a lot of interesting wildlife in your neck of the woods. We don’t have anything like that. Just birds and an occasional squirrel. We like the looks of the windowsill perch. Very nice.
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  4. Blue herons are cool! You are very right to be afraid of alligators. Even Harley is scared of ’em!

  5. I sure wish I had a catio! I’m on the 18th floor so I’m not even allowed to stand outside because my Mommeh is worried I could try to jump onto the railing. You are lucky to see raccoons!

  6. Well, I also see a lot of less-interesting birds like grackles. But I’m lucky to have a nice, wide windowsill!

  7. This is a very good post about wildlife, Daisy. When we come down to Florida for the winter, we get to be snow birds!
    TK and Pip

  8. da tabbies o trout towneAugust 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    daisy….sad lee…. we due knot haza any ally gators ore harleymaniiacs ~~~~~~ waves…how ewe iz dood !!
    but we due haz…. ewe noe whatz…..sum chippeez, squirrel, visshuz deer, coyoteez, a fox everee now & then
    de communitee catz, sum timez dawgs…..sum racoonz, possumz, skunkz…..pheeeeeew…..snakes which
    we due KNOT like…..N if ya drive down de road ya mite sum sum poneez…cows….sheepz….pigletz….they R
    knot reel lee wild life tho we guess ~~~~~ ♥♥♥

  9. Snowbirds are some of the very nicest birds of all!

  10. Wow, you have lots of cool wildlifes in your neighborhood!

  11. You have some amazing wildlife nearby, Daisy! I’m not so sure about that American Harleymaniac, though – he looks dangerous!

  12. Yes, he is the most dangerous wildlife of all!

  13. Daisy, you sure do have some fascinating wildlife there — especially the Harleymaniac! 🙂

    We have squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, deer, and birds in our backyard!

  14. Wow, I would love to see a bunny!

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