Wildlife in our gardens


The dog had a very unpleasant encounter with a skunk about a year ago in our backyard. It was a summer morning and everyone’s windows around us were open for the morning breeze, so they also were able to enjoy the smells.

I was able to experiment with various internet tomato sauce remedies. Shadow was one very miserable dog for awhile there.


I’ve known more than one dog who got sprayed, then recovered, then broadsided any other dog on the property who started chasing a skunk. They don’t want to smell that ever again!


Just think how bad a skunk must smell to predators that have a nose 10 to a hundred times the nose of ours. I don’t think they have any natural predators.




ours got sprayed 2xs in a week! he got it so bad it smelled like burnt rubber. didn’t take me long to make a fenced in area to keep the dogs in and skunks out!




Female Merlin [corrected] on telephone pole :slightly_smiling_face:


When it comes to dogs and skunks I have two labs for bird hunting, one old male and one young female. The old male has to kill absolutely EVERY skunk he comes across and has been that way for years. When he gets sprayed you swear it would be the last time with as much of a fuss as he puts up. My female on the other hand absolutely despises skunks and won’t go anywhere near them.


Proud mom Goldfinch in our garden with her young son. She’s hanging out on the metal fountain while her son goes to the circular fountain and takes a bath. :heart:


had to stay home one day with a sick kiddo so i sat out back and messed around with our nikon. Nothing fancy but has a good zoom. This blue bird gave me a look.


Monarch caterpillars on yellow and orange milkweed shrubs :slight_smile:


Male hooded oriole taking a bath :slight_smile:


Late this afternoon a young Allen’s hummingbird bumped into one of our sunroom windows. Fortunately it bounced back into our blueberry bed, although unconscious. Hearing the noise I went outside and saw it face down in the mulch but flinching a bit. I grabbed a misting bottle we have for the orchids and gave it a spray. It responded by sitting up – although clearly still in shock. About an hour later we checked on it and the bird had flown away. :slight_smile:


Collared Dove



Not a particularly good picture but he was just sitting there on the electric pole right next to my garden. Big Hawk…


lots of giant swallowtail caterpillars on my citrus…seems like we’ll have a bumper crop of them this year…


Not real happy to see the raccoon nested up with young in the hollow tree right next my shed, where the mason bees are, where I have to go to get to the compost pile.

And of course just a few yards from the veg garden and fruit trees.


Sounds like a coon with a plan.


You need irradication plan. Personally I use a red light on them at night and shoot them. Many other ways to get rid of them though. Good luck. BTW red light at night is legal here.


Illegal to do here.