Discussion Thread: Your Local Wildlife

What's the local wildlife (fauna, specifically) like where you live? Do you do any bird-watching, or any other kind of creature-gazing?

I love watching all the birds out my office window. We've got an amazing variety of local birds: Eagles, hawks, crows, jays, cardinals, robins, sparrows, finches, just to name a few, and tons of seagulls, because we live a few minutes from the shore of Lake Michigan.

What we don't have is pigeons. I realize I'm in the minority on this one, but I've always loved pigeons, and I miss them from when I lived in Chicago and they were everywhere.

We've also got all kinds of little furry creatures who run about: Squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, possums, chipmunks, mice, moles, etc. And an assortment of toads, frogs, and friendly snakes.

And TONS of deer. We had deer tracks in our front yard the other day, and we regularly pass family groups when we walk the dogs in the woods about five minutes away from our house. Because of the deer overpopulation, we're starting to get coyotes and wolves back in the area, and there have even been sightings of mountain lions!

With what animals do you share a habitat?

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