October has turned out to be mostly about animals in our yard. First it was these two bucks that I saw one morning outside my desk window. . . .
The next day I received an e-mail from my neighbor wondering if we had any bear visits. Her birdfeeder in the front yard was missing and the pole it had hung from had been bent to the ground. I wrote back that it explained what we found earlier in the day--a chair made from a huge log had been toppled over in our woods. It is much too heavy to be knocked over by an animal any smaller than a bear. We put our field camera in that part of the woods, but the bear has not come through that area again. But we did capture this one night later in the month. . . .
It is the fox we've captured on the camera before on the other side of our property where the ground hog was living under our red shed (the premises has been vacated by the ground hog, by the way). We've also seen the fox running across our driveway early in the morning and I found his scat in our lawn near the shed last week. I figure it was the fox's because of the hair found in it (ground hog?). I'll spare you a photo of that.
I've seen a red Cardinal visit the birdbath and as soon as he left a Blue Jay flew in. My neighbor reported seeing a Bald Eagle fly at tree-top level last week as she and her husband walked down their lane. A few years ago I saw from my living room bay window a huge white owl sitting on a branch in our woods. I would dearly love to see it again and capture it in a photograph. I did, however, capture this Red-tail Hawk with my camera a few years ago sitting on our deck railing. . . .
I've also written about our leaf-peeping trip to the Laurel Highlands HERE, but wanted to share the story behind this statue in the Green Gables Restaurant that I hadn't included. There are two like this used as support columns. They came from the estate of steel magnate Charles Schwab in Loretto, PA and were created by the French sculptor, Henri Crenier. After Mr. Schwab's death the estate became a Franciscan monastery. That is when they came to reside at the Green Gables. . . .
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