The Watering Hole, Thursday, March 22nd, 2012: Neighborhood Wildlife

Living in a rural area, with a pond down the yard and a swamp nearby, we do get some interesting visitors. The swampy area connects two sections of The Great Swamp, which stretches through several towns just west of Route 22. Canoeing and kayaking through the swamp are popular among local birders.

Mallards are common visitors to our own pond, but we don’t normally see them out walking the streets, like the female here:

Female Mallard out for a stroll

A more unusual visitor to our pond was this great egret:
great egret visiting pond

Great Egret Visiting Pond

A much more frightening-looking local denizen sometimes crosses through our yard to get from the pond to the swamp:
Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle crossing the road to get to the other side

But we also get some much cuter guests, such as these baby skunks, whose antics had us grinning with delight:
Litter of Skunks

Litter of Skunks

Ah, the joys of country living!

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