Cleaning up after visitors

I’ve told you about wild animals, beaches, rum popsicles and an amazing rainforest for a backyard, but have I told you about how I have to clean gecko droppings off my desk? They are on the windowsills too. Inside and outside. It’s a side effect of living in a rainforest. Lucky me. Dean had to…

Birds

The tap, tap, tap of the woodpecker on the tree just outside of our yard is a pleasant sound that isn't out of the ordinary. The sound comes and goes. Birds flit and fly about the yard on a regular basis. Birds so colorful and so beautiful I really should document them. But the tap,…

Sloths and so much more

Have I talked about my fear of sloths? I get that it is an unfounded phobia, but there it is. Something about their long digits, squished faces, I don't know... Just do not want to run into a sloth. I get it. They are slow. Even I could easily flee from one. But that's the…

After awhile, crocodile

No photo. My apologies, but this past weekend's wildlife sighting was a crocodile. He grows ever larger in my mind. There's been lots of rain and a particularly heavy downpour had the creek/river tributary behind our house was flowing. That tributary flows behind our house and keeps going to a nearby lake. Around the corner…

Monkeys!

I realized when I wrote the last post I hadn't told you about our monkey visitors. That papaya tree in the backyard is paying off in animals. There is a lot of noise coming from the rainforest. As Californians, we aren't good at identifying these noises. We usually assume it's a bird. After each good…

Night time visitor

We have had our fair share of animal visitors lately. Every time a papaya drops from the tree in back we get more. Neil is hoping for a black jaguar. I'm hoping for a toucan. When I saw a papaya had dropped over night, I wondered what we might see today. I'm pretty sure jungle…

It’s a jungle out there

We need a field guide for the back yard. Looking out my kitchen window yesterday, I found these guys enjoying a little shade and keeping guard on the back yard. Look carefully at their feet. Not exactly claws, but ... There may have been heart palpitations on my part. And I may never go in…