When I told you I get wild animals in my yard, I wasn't joking! You can read about my gardening woes HERE.
Wednesday, I sat down at our kitchen table, looked out the window facing our back yard and I saw 2 bears! As I recovered from my shock, another bear scooted down our big oak tree, then another bear scooted down! Four bears in all. In my back yard, 100 feet away from the house. I ran for my camera and here are some of the pictures.
The bears turned out to be a Mama and 3 cubs. This is Mama with one cub. The other 2 were over by my shed which is off to the left and out of view.
Mama bear looking kind of shaggy. See the fence in the background? It is just a simple wire fence - maybe about 3 feet high. She, and the 3 cubs plowed right over it. Monster trucks. Lol.
The 4 bears were interested in something by my shed and I couldn't figure out what in the world it could be. Why were they in my yard?? I don't keep bird food in my feeders during spring and summer because of bears and I am careful about what I throw in my compost pile. It wasn't till later that I figured out what they were eating.
Here are 2 of them drinking out of my bird bath.
They knocked my bird bath over and fortunately it didn't break. The 4th bear didn't venture up to the bird bath. He/she was the shyest of the four. Any loud noise or sudden movements sent him toward the oak tree.
The bird bath is about 40 feet from the house, if that. I took this picture from the kitchen window by the way :)
Fortunately, they stayed away from my garden - probably because there was nothing of interest in it! Yet.
After they left I realized what drew them to my yard in the first place. And I cannot believe I didn't realize what I was doing when I did it. Earlier that week I was cleaning some stuff out of the garage and noticed my plastic container where I keep my bird food (no shell sunflower seed) was full of those little moths. Yuck. So I took the container out to the back yard and dumped it. It was only about a gallon of seed. I was thinking that I don't want those moths near the house or in the garage. Never thinking about bears!! And sure enough that is what drew them into the yard. They must have a tremendous sense of smell is all I can say.
It isn't like I live in the country either. We have a fairly busy street in the front and in the back, our yard borders a wooded area but there are still houses all around.
I don't have a card to show you today. I hope I get some time tomorrow to stamp.
Have a great weekend.