Our semi-rural community is home to many forms of wildlife. Here are a few pictures of visitors to the farm:

We’ve seen black bears on the property a few times.  Neighbors less conscientious about their trash seem them more often.  This one came through about two years after the Black Forest Fire.   It’s likely to be adjusting to habitat changes.

Black Bear in Black Forest, Colorado
Black Bear

 

Turkeys are as common as black bears.  They prefer areas with less human activity.

Wild Turkey in Black Forest, Colorado
wild turkey

Frequent visitors to the farm include birds of many kinds, mule deer, squirrels, pocket gophers, weasels, foxes, coyotes, and other high-plains critters.  Pictures will be added whenever we are carrying a camera when we meet.

10-point mule deer buck
Mule Deer resting between rhubarb plots.
raptor
Raptor after the mice. The mouse population exploded after the Black Forest Fire in 2013. It has since returned to normal.
red-shafted flicker woodpecker
Woodpecker…I wish those critters would stay away from the house!
brown squirrels at play
Brown squirrels coexist with Abert squirrels and generally keep us entertained with their antics.