This is my backyard in Newtown, CT. Coming from Long Island, I find it fascinating! It's an odd shaped yard with wetlands at the end of it (it's a little swampy, but confined to the reeds). Beyond the reeds is open space that can never be built on. I think it's 20 acres, my husband thinks it's 50 acres. Some day, I'll go to Town Hall to find out.
My backyard has a life all its own. When my dog, Riley (the real estate dog), is outside, I see him in the backyard. He runs around and checks things out. What they are, I don't know, but he's very busy checking them out.
We have two feral cats that hang out in our yard. They look the same, but one is bigger than the other. Sometimes, they just sit in the yard - other times, they are stalking prey. They are usually in our yard together, but not close to one another. Then there is the orange cat. It used to be in our yard everyday in the later part of the afternoon. I haven't seen him in awhile. I hope he's okay.
We have deer in yard. One morning, I watched a momma deer with her two babies. The babies were frolicking in the yard. One went over near the momma who then chased it away. Ends up that momma was in the tall grasses to the right of my yard. The other deer was not the momma and she soon left my yard. The babies went over to their momma and I watched the one nurse. It was so cool. Many nights, I come home and there is a whole herd of deer in my yard. I frequently see them in the open space beyond my yard. I call them "my deer friends".
I have seen all sorts of birds in my backyard. In the morning, the crows are on the ground checking the ground for whatever they eat. I have seen many types of hawks in the air flying over my home. They circle and glide around in large circles. Every once in awhile, I see them swoop to the ground for their prey. One day, a hawk I was watching circled overhead, grabbed its prey in its talons & flew to the top of neighbor's roof.
This summer, baby birds were sitting on the rail of my deck. I think they were chimney swifts (yes, I have those, too). The momma bird would fly in with food for her babies, feed one and then leave again. She did this a few times. The babies were there for hours. I didn't see them leave - I assume they flew on their own. I wondered about that for awhile.
Just a few days ago, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a woodchuck back by the high reeds. He was rooting around in the yard back there looking for something to eat. I thought he was cute. This was my first sighting of a woodchuck in my yard (I've seen them near my office, too).
I realize that blogging about my backyard might be conceived as being corny or silly, but it's a pretty amazing place. I love to watch the seasons change and the different animals who pass through it. My backyard has a life all of its own and I'm glad that it's mine.