We won't mention the deer which, until this long drought, kept to the woods next door or the squirrels who raid the bird feeders or all the birds. For several years we had a roadrunner run through on his way to the woods. Come summer the bats will be swooping around the night light catching bugs.
We've had some nice insects too. Twice a Luna moth found its way to our yard. They are a rare and beautiful sight in this part of the states. As of a few nights ago the lightening bugs are back.
June bugs and rhinoceros beetles are favorites of mine.
Every once in a while a tarantula shows up.
Orb spiders grace various parts of our yard with their beautiful webs.
We've had a number of different snakes come slithering through, like a giant king snake. Stan says it was the most beautiful animal he's ever seen. We've also seen grass and garter snakes, a hognose and maybe once a cotton mouth. For a while a rat snake was living in the wall of our shed. Of course we have an abundance of lizards; the plain brown lizards that can turn a brilliant bright green, spiny tree lizards and geckos.
Toads are regulars. At night when we sit on the porch we can hear their movement as they disturb the gravel. I made a toad house but I don't know if anyone has moved in.
Armadillos wander through, as well as possum, skunk and jack rabbit.
Which brings me to the new critter. It seems a young bunny rabbit has taken a liking to our yard. We've seen it now several times, hopping down the gravel path, hopping across the lawn. We've seen it during the day and at night. We don't know if it's actually living in our yard or visiting from the woods that are right next to us.
We've seen rabbits before, but this little guy - or gal - is showing up on a regular basis, as though he likes our yard. Of course I don't blame him if he does. He's welcome to stay. We'll keep an eye on our dog, Ursa, 'cause we'd feel bad if she caught him. Mostly we're just crossing our fingers that he doesn't start eating the bean plants in the garden.